Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom (Women in Culture and Society)

Hardcover, 272 pages

English language

Published Oct. 3, 2005 by University Of Chicago Press.


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In contemporary feminist theory, the problem of feminine subjectivity persistently appears and reappears as the site that grounds all discussion of feminism. In Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom, Linda M. G. Zerilli argues that the persistence of this subject-centered frame severely limits feminists’ capacity to think imaginatively about the central problem of feminist theory and practice: a politics concerned with freedom.

Offering both a discussion of feminism in its postmodern context and a critique of contemporary theory, Zerilli here challenges feminists to move away from a theory-based approach, which focuses on securing or contesting "women" as an analytic category of feminism, to one rooted in political action and judgment. She revisits the democratic problem of exclusion from participation in common affairs and elaborates a freedom-centered feminism as the political practice of beginning anew, world-building, and judging.

In a series of case studies, Zerilli draws on the political thought of …

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  • Political science & theory
  • Women's studies
  • Social Science
  • Sociology
  • Feminism & Feminist Theory
  • Social Science / Women's Studies
  • Women's Studies - General
  • Feminism
  • Feminist theory