Gender and Terrain: Feminists Theorize Citizenship
In Margaret Davies & Vanessa Munro, eds., The Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2013) 177-195
Posted: 13 Mar 2014
Date Written: 2013
The notion of citizenship is a common frame for debates about justice, equality and liberty. These other concepts are themselves contentious and capacious but key, of course, to arguments for progressive social change. This chapter takes up the challenge of sorting through a remarkably broad and multidisciplinary literature on citizenship to pull out a few strands of thought. This sorting will, it is hoped, advance nuanced feminist understandings of the citizenship conversation, and in turn, appreciation of feminist contributions to studies of justice, equality and liberty. The chapter's purpose is both to recall and invoke feminist considerations of citizenship, as well as to provide a provocative context to continue thinking about ideas of citizenship from a place of feminist politics.
Keywords: Citizenship, Feminist theory, Gender
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