Reaction and Resistance: Feminism, Law, and Social Change

Susan Boyd, Dorothy Chunn, Hester Lessard, REACTION AND RESISTANCE: FEMINISM, LAW, AND SOCIAL CHANGE, UBC Press, 2007

Posted: 27 Nov 2009

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Susan B. Boyd

University of British Columbia Allard School of Law

Dorothy E. Chunn

Simon Fraser University (SFU)

Hester Lessard

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law

Date Written: October 22, 2007

Abstract

The image of “backlash” is pervasive in contemporary debates about the impact of second-wave feminism on law and policy. But does it really explain the resistance to feminist initiatives for social change in contemporary culture?

In this timely volume, contributors from various disciplines analyze reaction and resistance to feminism in several areas of law and policy – child custody, child poverty, sexual harassment, and sexual assault – and in a number of institutional sites, such as courts, legislatures, families, the mainstream media, and the academy. Collectively, their studies paint a more complicated, often contradictory, picture of feminism, law, and social change than the popular image of backlash suggests.

Reaction and Resistance offers feminists and other activists empirically grounded knowledge that can be used to develop legal and political strategies for change.

Keywords: Canada, Feminism, Women - legal status, Government policy, Anti-feminism, Neoliberalism, Social change, Social policy

Suggested Citation

Boyd, Susan Barbara and Chunn, Dorothy E. and Lessard, Hester, Reaction and Resistance: Feminism, Law, and Social Change (October 22, 2007). Susan Boyd, Dorothy Chunn, Hester Lessard, REACTION AND RESISTANCE: FEMINISM, LAW, AND SOCIAL CHANGE, UBC Press, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1514088

Susan Barbara Boyd (Contact Author)

University of British Columbia Allard School of Law ( email )

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Dorothy E. Chunn

Simon Fraser University (SFU) ( email )

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Canada

Hester Lessard

University of Victoria - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Canada
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250-721-8146 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.uvic.ca/faculty_staff/faculty_directory/lessard.php

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