Beyond Equality and Difference: Citizenship, Feminist by Gisela Bock, Susan James

By Gisela Bock, Susan James

Traditionally, in addition to extra lately, women's emancipation has been visible in methods: occasionally because the `right to be equivalent' and infrequently because the `right to be different'. those perspectives have usually overlapped and interacted: in quite a few guises they've got performed a tremendous position in either the improvement of principles approximately girls and feminism, and the works of political thinkers certainly not essentially inquisitive about women's liberation. The chapters of this booklet deal basically with the that means and use of those strategies within the context of gender kinfolk (past and present), but in addition draw consciousness to their position within the figuring out and research of alternative human relationships.

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Pringle, ‘Octavius Beale and the ideology of the birth-rate: the Royal Commissions of 1904 and 1905’, Refractory Girl, 3, 1973, p. 20. Rosentiel, LA Times, Thursday 20 December 1990, p. A32. Bock, Chapter 5 in this volume. English, For Her Own Good, New York, Anchor Press, 1978, p. 171. Bebel, Woman in the Past, Present and Future, London, Reeves, 1886, p. 149. Pederson, ‘The failure of feminism in the making of the British welfare state’, Radical History Review, 43, 1989, p. 91. ), The Making of Women: Oxford Essays in Feminism, London, Allen & Unwin, 1917, p.

For some empirical evidence see Pateman, ‘The patriarchal welfare state’, pp. 241– 2. Pederson, ‘Gender, welfare, and citizenship in Britain during the Great War’, American Historical Review, 95 (4), 1990, p. 985. , p. 997. Dunn, Political Obligation in its Historical Context, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1980, p. 251. Walzer, Obligations: Essays on Disobedience, War and Citizenship, New York, Simon & Schuster, 1971, p. 176. Hobbes, Leviathan, ed. MacPherson, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1968, p.

The large measure of formal equality now won by women still excludes ‘difference’ while leaving intact much of women’s inclusion through ‘difference’. Another major problem, however, is precisely that the terms of the argument have been framed as ‘equality’ and ‘difference’. There are good reasons for this, as my historical examples have been designed to show. The examples should also illustrate that the heart of the matter is not sexual difference but women’s subordination. ‘Equality’, like other central political categories, is a contested term; but whereas ‘equality’ in some of its possible meanings can encompass ‘difference’, no sense of ‘equality’ compatible with a genuinely democratic citizenship can accommodate subordination.

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