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Research Handbook on Feminist Jurisprudence

Edited by Robin West, Frederick Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy, Georgetown University Law School and Cynthia Grant Bowman, Dorothea S. Clarke Professor of Law, Cornell Law School, US
The Research Handbook on Feminist Jurisprudence surveys feminist theoretical understandings of law, including liberal and radical feminism, as well as socialist, relational, intersectional, post-modern, and pro-sex and queer feminist legal theories.
Extent: 544 pp
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Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78643 968 0
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  • Law - Academic
  • Law and Society
  • Legal Philosophy
  • Legal Theory
The Research Handbook on Feminist Jurisprudence surveys feminist theoretical understandings of law, including liberal and radical feminism, as well as socialist, relational, intersectional, post-modern, and pro-sex and queer feminist legal theories.

Featuring contributions from a diverse team of prominent scholars, this Research Handbook illuminates the ways in which feminist scholarship has enriched understandings of law’s sometimes subordinating structures and the ways in which law can be interpreted or changed so as to promote the equality, liberty, wellbeing, and interests of women. The expert contributors offer a vast range of feminist perspectives on law, including liberal, radical, and post-modern feminism, and explore the implications of these theoretical stances for understandings of the nature of law, legal change, and the relationship between law and politics. Chapters analyse the influence of feminist legal theories on doctrinal areas of law including US constitutional and civil rights law, international law, and various areas of private law.

This insightful book will be of interest to law students, legal scholars, and scholars of political and moral philosophy seeking to understand the entire body of feminist legal scholarship from the early 1970s to the present, as well as its variants, and relationships among different theoretical perspectives.
‘This Research Handbook provides a diverse array of critical, descriptive, and normative perspectives on feminist jurisprudence, with rich historical accounts of legal advances and backlashes. Centered primarily on US feminism, the volume also includes interesting chapters with a foreign or international focus. It should prove a highly valuable resource for feminist scholars and advocates in many parts of the world.’
– Vicki C. Jackson, Harvard Law School, US

‘This landmark collection, edited by two leading feminist legal scholars, will be an invaluable resource for anyone interested in how feminist theory has laid the legal foundations for greater gender equity in the United States and throughout the globe.’
– Deborah L. Rhode, Stanford University, US
Contributors: S.F. Appleton, K.K. Baker, I. Caglar, M. Chamallas, C.-j. Chen, M.A. Fineman, M.A. Franks, C. Grant Bowman, B.A. Gur, N.D. Hunter, L.C. Ikemoto, O. Kamir, H. Keren, S.A. Law, N. Menon, N. Naffine, J.A. Nice, V.F. Nourse, N. Rimalt, D.E. Roberts, L.A. Rosenbury, J.C. Suk, D. Tuerkheimer, R. West, A.K. Wing, K.A. Yuracko
Contents:

Preface

Introduction to the Research Handbook on Feminist Jurisprudence
Robin West

PART I FEMINISM AND LEGAL THEORY: VARIETIES OF FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY
1. In Defense of Liberal Feminism
Sylvia A. Law

2. Catharine A. MacKinnon and Equality Theory
Chao-ju Chen

3. Relational Feminism and Law
Robin West

4. The Limits of Equality: Vulnerability and Inevitable Inequality
Martha Albertson Fineman

5. Socialist Feminist Legal Theory: A Plea
Cynthia Grant Bowman

6. Critical Race Feminism
Dorothy E. Roberts

7. Postmodern Feminist Legal Theory
Laura A. Rosenbury

8. Feminism, Sexuality and the Law
Nan D. Hunter

PART II: FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY AND CRIMINAL LAW
9. Sexual Agency and the Unfinished Work of Rape Law Reform
Deborah Tuerkheimer

10. Sexual Violence and the Law in India
Nivedita Menon

11. Violence Against Women and Liberal Sexism
Victoria Nourse

12. ‘Some Gentle Violence’: Marital Rape Immunity as Contradiction in Criminal Law
Ngaire Naffine

PART III: FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
13. Reproductive Rights and Justice: A Multiple Feminist Theories Account
Lisa C. Ikemoto

14. Against Roe Exceptionalism: Degendering Abortion
Noya Rimalt

PART IV: FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY, SEX DISCRIMINATION AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT
15. Sexual Harassment Law: An Evolution in Theory, Scope and Impact
Kimberly A. Yuracko

16. A Dignitarian Feminist Jurisprudence with Applications to Rape, Sexual Harassment and Honor Codes
Orit Kamir

17. Sex Equality, Gender Injury, Title IX and Women’s Education
Katharine K. Baker

PART V: FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY AND CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
18. The Gendered Jurisprudence of the Fourteenth Amendment
Julie A. Nice

19. Beyond ‘Free Speech for the White Man’: Feminism and the First Amendment
Mary Anne Franks

PART VI: FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY AND PRIVATE LAW
20. Feminist Legal Theory and Tort Law
Martha Chamallas

21. Feminism and Contract Law
Hila Keren

22. How Feminism Remade American Family Law (and How It Did Not)
Susan Frelich Appleton

23. Feminism and Family Leave
Julie C. Suk

PART VII: FEMINIST LEGAL THEORY AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
24. International Law and Feminism
Adrien K. Wing

25. The State’s Due Diligence Obligation
Irem Caglar and Berna Akcali Gur

Index