Feminism and Power

Authored by: Johanna Oksala

The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138795921
eBook ISBN: 9781315758152
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315758152-54

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Abstract

Power is a pivotal concept for feminist theory. While feminists strongly disagree on a host of issues, most of them take it for granted that feminism is at least somehow concerned with power relations between men and women. Whether they use the word “oppression,” “subjection,” “subordination,” or “domination,” the key claim is that these power relations are problematic—illegitimate or unjust. As a political project, feminism aims to alter, subvert, or eradicate them; as a theoretical project it aims to expose and understand them.

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