Recovering Subversion: Feminist Politics Beyond the Law

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University of Illinois Press, 2004 - Political Science - 271 pages
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Is the language of rights enough to foster real social and political change? Nivedita Menon explores the relationship between law and feminist politics by examining the contemporary Indian women's movement with comparisons to France and the United States. She argues that the intersection of feminist politics, law, and the state often paradoxically and severely distorts important ethical and emancipatory impulses of feminism. Menon reviews historical challenges to the liberal notion of rights from Marxist, feminist, postcolonial, and critical legal scholars, and analyzes current Indian debates on topics including abortion, sexual violence, and Parliamentary quotas for women. Far from being a call to withdraw from the arena of law, Recovering Subversion instead urges feminists everywhere to recognize the limits of rights discourse and pleads for a politics that goes beyond its boundaries.
 

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Contents

Critiques of Law as StrategyThe PublicPrivate
17
Putting History Back In
26
When ProChoice is AntiWomen
66
Escaping the Body
106
Am I That Name?
166
Recovering Subversion
204
Bibliography
246
Index
265
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