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Introduction, Special Issue: Feminist Legal Theory

69 Studies in Law, Politics and Society 1, 2016

Posted: 26 Aug 2016  

Maxine Eichner

University of North Carolina School of Law

Clare Huntington

Fordham University School of Law

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

Half a century after the beginning of the second wave, feminist legal theorists are still writing about many of the subjects they addressed early on: money, sex, reproduction, and jobs. What has changed is the way that they talk about these subjects. Specifically, these theorists now posit a more complex and nuanced conception of power. Recent scholarship recognizes the complexities of power in contemporary society, the ways in which these complexities entrench sex inequality, and the role that law can play in reducing inequality and increasing agency. The feminist legal theorists in this volume are emblematic of this effort. They carefully examine the relationship between gender, equality, and power across an array of realms: sex, reproduction, pleasure, work, money. In doing so they identify social, political, economic, developmental, and psychological and somatic forces, operating both internally and externally, that complicate the expression and constraint of power. Finally, they give sophisticated thought to the possibilities for legal interventions in light of these more complex notions of power.

Suggested Citation

Eichner, Maxine and Huntington, Clare, Introduction, Special Issue: Feminist Legal Theory (2016). 69 Studies in Law, Politics and Society 1, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2741663

Maxine Eichner (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina School of Law ( email )

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3380
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Clare Huntington

Fordham University School of Law

140 West 62nd Street
New York, NY 10023
United States

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