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The Subject of Liberty:
Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom
Nancy J. Hirschmann

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xv
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION 1
A MasculinistTheory of Freedom? 3
Freedom as Political, Not Philosophical 14
Feminism and Freedom 23
Defining Feminism 30
Why Not Autonomy? 35
CHAPTER TWO: The Social Construction of Freedom in Historical Perspective 40
Locke: An Educated Freedom 41
Rousseau: A "Well-Regulated "Freedom 48
Kant: An Intelligible Freedom 55
Mill: A Utilitarian Freedom 62
Conclusion: A Masculinist Freedom 70
CHAPTER THREE: Feminism and Freedom: The Social Construction Paradox 75
Social Construction and Political Theory 77
Discourse and Reality 85
The Social Construction of Freedom 93
The Paradox of Social Construction 98
CHAPTER FOUR: Internal and External Restraint: The Case of Battered Women 103
Battering in Context 108
The Thin (Black and)Blue Line: Institutional Contexts 113
Constructing Violence 121
Reconstructing Freedom 131
CHAPTER FIVE: Welfare as a Problem for Freedom Theory 138
Women's Freedom and Discourses of Welfare 140
Freedom Theory and Conservative Discourse 146
The Social Construction of Welfare Subjects 154
Freedom, Care, and Welfare Rights 158
CHAPTER SIX: Eastern Veiling, Western Freedom? 170
"The Veil" as Discursive and Social Symbolization 175
Autonomy and Freedom in Contexts of Community 185
Feminism and Freedom: Cross-Cultural Possibilities 192
CHAPTER SEVEN: Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom 199
Changing Contexts: The Contribution of Foucault 206
The Politics of Freedom 217
Changing Contexts: The Role of Equality 222
Constructing Feminist Freedom 233
Notes 239
Name Index 279
Subject Index 285

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