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Women And Children First: Feminism, Rhetoric, And Public Policy (Suny Series in Gender Theory)

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Title: Women And Children First: Feminism, Rhetoric...

Publisher: State University of New York Press


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A critique of public policy rhetoric from multiple feminist perspectives.

This diverse collection explores the rhetoric of a wide range of public policies that propose “to put women and children first,” including homeland security, school violence, gun control, medical intervention of intersex infants, and policies that aim to distinguish “good” from “bad” mothers. Using various feminist philosophical analyses, the contributors uncover a logic of paternalistic treatment of women and children that purports to protect them but almost always also disempowers them and sometimes harms them. This logic is widespread in contemporary popular policy discourse and affects the way that people understand and respond to social and political issues. Contributors rethink basic philosophical assumptions concerning subjectivity, difference, and dualistic logic in order to read the rhetoric of contemporary public policy discourse and develop new ways of talking and acting in the policy domain.

“This book promises an insightful contribution to third-wave feminist scholarship by highlighting the ways in which women are harmed by social policies informed by either horn of the dilemma of difference.” — Philosophy in Review

“This collection of twelve essays is an important contribution to feminist scholarship and contemporary cultural and political discourses shaping how we see mothers and children in the context of citizenship.” — Journal of the Association for Research on Mothering

“...if language reflects and influences the way we define society and our roles in society, then a vital feminist agenda includes analyzing the rhetoric of public policy, psychological research, news reports, police reports, and memoirs. Disclosing the stated and unstated assumptions that constrain and harm women’s lives is a powerful rhetorical project.” — National Women's Studies Association Journal

“It is indeed important, as the editors claim, that social philosophers join the fray as public intellectuals, participating in policy discussions and recommending policy changes. This book does a nice job conveying that ‘politics matter,’ and feminist ethicists and political philosophers will turn to it to receive guidance. Many of us will no doubt use it in our courses because the controversial topics covered will make for great classroom discussion.” Mechthild Nagel, coeditor of Race, Class, and Community Identity

“This volume offers a highly interesting and provocative look at the complex, often contradictory, relationship of women and public policy. The essays, including an excellent introduction by the editors, reveal the dilemmas inherent in past feminist approaches to this topic and suggest new ways to approach it. Particularly valuable is the book’s discussion of ‘security’ in the post-9/11 world, as an element that now enters such debates.” Carole E. Joffe, University of California at Davis

Contributors include Norma L. Buydens, Sonya Charles, Patrice DiQuinzio, Ellen K. Feder, Kirsten Isgro, Tina Managhan, Sharon M. Meagher, Kelly Oliver, Elizabeth F. Randol, Jennifer A. Reich, Sally J. Scholz, and Tricha Shivas.

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Sharon M. Meagher is Professor of Philosophy and Director of Women’s Studies at the University of Scranton.

Patrice DiQuinzio is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Women’s Studies at Muhlenberg College. She is the author of The Impossibility of Motherhood: Feminism, Individualism, and the Problem of Mothering and coeditor (with Iris Marion Young) of Feminist Ethics and Social Policy.

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