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Autonomy, Gender, Politics

ISBN-10: 0195138511
ISBN-13: 9780195138511
Edition: 2002
Authors: Marilyn Friedman
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Description: Women have historically been prevented from living autonomously by systematic injustice, subordination, and oppression. The lingering effects of these practices have prompted many feminists to view autonomy with suspicion. Here, Marilyn Friedman  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/9/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Women have historically been prevented from living autonomously by systematic injustice, subordination, and oppression. The lingering effects of these practices have prompted many feminists to view autonomy with suspicion. Here, Marilyn Friedman defends the ideal of feminist autonomy. In her eyes, behavior is autonomous if it accords with the wants, cares, values, or commitments that the actor has reaffirmed and is able to sustain in the face of opposition. By her account, autonomy is socially grounded yet also individualizing and sometimes socially disruptive, qualities that can be ultimately advantageous for women. Friedman applies the concept of autonomy to domains of special interest to women. She defends the importance of autonomy in romantic love, considers how social institutions should respond to women who choose to remain in abusive relationships, and argues that liberal societies should tolerate minority cultural practices that violate women's rights so long as the women in question have chosen autonomously to live according to those practices.

The Basic Account
A Conception of Autonomy
Autonomy and Its Discontents
Values of Autonomy
The Social Context
Autonomy and Social Relationships: Rethinking the Feminist Critique
Autonomy, Social Disruption, and Women
Intimate Relationships
Romantic Love and Personal Autonomy
Domestic Violence against Women and Autonomy
The Larger Political System
John Rawls and the Political Coercion of Unreasonable People
Cultural Minorities and Women's Rights
Notes
References
Index

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