An Inconstant Affair: Feminism and the Legal Academy

TRANSCENDING THE BOUNDARIES OF LAW: GENERATION OF FEMINISM AND LEGAL THEORY, pp. 25-39, Martha Albertson Finemen, ed., Routledge, 2011

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 11-20

16 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2011

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Drawing on the Australian experience, this chapter shows how the fortunes of feminist legal theory (FLT) are closely imbricated with those of the state. The trajectory of the discomfiting liaison between feminism and the legal academy is traced over three decades to highlight the contingent nature of FLT, particularly the sensitivity to the prevailing political climate in which the pendulum swing from social liberalism to neoliberalism induces uncertainty and instability. It will be shown that under social liberalism, FLT received a modicum of acceptance within the legal academy but began to contract and then wither with the onset of neoliberalism. This has not only been disastrous for FLT, but it has also subtly brought about a remasculinisation of the academy.

Keywords: Feminism, Legal Academy, Neoliberalism

Suggested Citation

Thornton, Margaret, An Inconstant Affair: Feminism and the Legal Academy (2011). TRANSCENDING THE BOUNDARIES OF LAW: GENERATION OF FEMINISM AND LEGAL THEORY, pp. 25-39, Martha Albertson Finemen, ed., Routledge, 2011, ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 11-20, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1891565

Margaret Thornton (Contact Author)

ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 0200
Australia

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