Women Theorists on Society and Politics

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Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press, May 14, 1998 - Philosophy - 326 pages

Revolution, abolition of slavery, public health care, welfare, violence against women, war and militarism — such issues have been debated for centuries. But much work done by women theorists on these traditional social and political topics is little known or difficult to obtain. This new anthology contains significant excerpts not normally included in standard collections.

Women Theorists on Society and Politics brings together scarce, previously unpublished and newly translated excerpts from works by such women theorists as Emilie du Ch^atelet, Germaine de Sta:el, Catharine Macaulay, Mary Wollstonecraft, Flora Tristan, Harriet Martineau, Florence Nightingale, Beatrice Webb and Jane Addams. It focuses on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century writers, but also includes some selections from as early as the Renaissance and late seventeenth century.

Introductions to the material, biographical background and secondary sources enhance this important collection. Women Theorists on Society and Politics provides essential theory on standard topics and a balance to the anthologies of feminist writing now more commonly available.


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CHAPTER 1 Introduction
CHAPTER 2 Early Theorists
CHAPTER 3 Theorists on Revolution
CHAPTER 4 Theorists on Social Reform
CHAPTER 5 Theorists on Gender and Violence
CHAPTER 6 Theorists on Peace War and Militarism
CHAPTER 7 An Afterword
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About the author (1998)

Lynn McDonald, a professor of sociology at the University of Guelph, is the author of The Early Origins of the Social Science and The Women Founders of the Social Sciences. She is a former Member of Parliament and a former president of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women. She is senior editor for the collected works of Florence Nightingale (in progress).

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