Freedom, Power and Agency in Feminist Legal Theory

Authored by: Nancy J. Hirschmann

The Ashgate Research Companion to Feminist Legal Theory

Print publication date:  October  2013
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9781409418597
eBook ISBN: 9781315612973
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043423


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Freedom is arguably the central theoretical question of feminism; it has lain at the heart of feminism since its inception. Feminists, both male and female, have sought to free humans from the constraints of gendered roles, rules, expectations and stereotypes. Freedom is a ‘concept’ to be sure – hence one might argue this chapter would be better placed in the second part of the present volume – but the centrality of freedom to the very meaning of feminism makes it foundational to feminist legal theory, as it is to feminist political theory and feminist philosophy.

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