Neoliberal Melancholia: The Case of Feminist Legal Scholarship

Australian Feminist Law Journal, Vol. 20, pp. 7-22, 2004

16 Pages Posted: 9 Feb 2010 Last revised: 7 Jun 2010

Date Written: February 8, 2010

Abstract

This paper arises out of a concern for the future of feminist legal scholarship in the academy. First, it considers the significance of the implosion of the category ‘woman’, suggesting that it should be understood in its particular epistemic context. Secondly, it considers the impact of the contemporary market paradigm on feminist legal scholarship and on feminist academics generally. As the prognosis is not optimistic, the paper poses the question as to whether the more appropriate site for feminist legal academics might be outside the academy.

Keywords: Feminism, Legal academy

JEL Classification: K19

Suggested Citation

Thornton, Margaret, Neoliberal Melancholia: The Case of Feminist Legal Scholarship (February 8, 2010). Australian Feminist Law Journal, Vol. 20, pp. 7-22, 2004, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1549896

Margaret Thornton (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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