Looking Back, Looking Forward: Feminist Legal Scholarship in SLS

(2017) 26(6) Social and Legal Studies 735

23 Pages Posted: 15 Dec 2017  

Susan B. Boyd

University of British Columbia Allard School of Law

Debra L. Parkes

Peter A. Allard School of Law

Date Written: November 16, 2017

Abstract

This article offers a review of shifts in feminist legal theory since the early 1990s. We first use our respective histories and fields of expertise to provide a brief overview and highlight some key themes within feminist legal theory. We then examine Social & Legal Studies (SLS), asking whether it has met its key goal of integrating feminist analyses at every level. Our review suggests that SLS has offered many important contributions to feminist legal scholarship but has not fulfilled its lofty goal of integrating feminist analyses at every level of scholarship. It features feminist work quite consistently and some degree of mainstreaming is evident, as is the international reach of SLS. Too many articles fail, however, to incorporate or even mention feminist approaches. We end with thoughts about, and hopes for, the future of legal feminism, examining efforts to revitalize the field and suggesting possible directions for the future.

Suggested Citation

Boyd, Susan B. and Parkes, Debra L., Looking Back, Looking Forward: Feminist Legal Scholarship in SLS (November 16, 2017). (2017) 26(6) Social and Legal Studies 735. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3072721

Susan Barbara Boyd

University of British Columbia Allard School of Law ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://www.allard.ubc.ca/faculty-staff/susan-b-boyd-frsc

Debra L. Parkes (Contact Author)

Peter A. Allard School of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

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