Special Issue "Evolving Challenges: An International Retrospective on Feminist Legal Theory"
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In 2015, it will be 25 years since Martha Fineman and Nancy Thomadsen published their ground-breaking collection, At the Boundaries of Law: Feminism and Legal Theory. The aim of this Special Issue of Laws is to explore the development and evolution of feminist legal theory, across a range of legal cultures, since feminist legal theory first entered the academy. The papers selected will collectively consider, across a range of jurisdictions, how legal scholarship and law itself have responded to a quarter-century of feminist insights and analyses of the gendered nature of law and society. We have much to learn from examining and comparing the shared histories of feminist legal scholars and their work to address the structural disadvantages faced by women within discrete legal systems, celebrating what has been achieved and noting what remains to be challenged.
Recent decades have seen radical change within many legal cultures, particularly in the areas of gender, sexuality, violence, work, and family. The law directly shapes fundamental facets of social relationships (such as caretaker/dependant, employer/employee, and citizen/state) and social institutions (such as family, workplace, and the body politic) We are interested in how feminist scholars within different legal cultures have challenged and changed these fundamental relationships, and institutions, as well as how they identified and addressed problems of gender equity and bias. Feminists have been at the forefront as architects and authors of such change, and this issue will look back at their struggles across a variety of world regions, offering an overview of successes and failures, as well as identifying challenges for the future.
The scope will be historical and, if possible, comparative. Contributors may focus on one area of law or several, and on one jurisdiction or several, and should offer a critical rather than purely descriptive account. By providing rich histories within specific legal cultures, the individual pieces will track the specific struggles that feminist legal theorists have identified and addressed around fundamental human relationships as structured in law. Collectively, the pieces should provide a global perspective on the development of feminist legal theory as a methodology, critical approach, and practical response to complex social issues.
The purpose of the Special Issue is to assess and learn from feminist responses to the emergence of central legal problems, as well as to provide some insight into possible problems for future scholarly engagement.
While there have been scattered histories produced within various jurisdictions, it is hoped that this issue will gather contributions from a broad global reach. Thus it should offer a better possibility of understanding the influence of feminism on the evolution and role of law and legal theory, in relation to social institutions, while also tracking their susceptibility to change. It should also provide significant insight into the relative capacity and limitations of feminist legal thought internationally.
Prof. Rosemary Auchmuty
Fineman, Martha A., and Nancy Sweet Thomadsen, eds. At the Boundaries of Law: Feminism and Legal Theory. New York: Routledge, 1990.
Fineman, Martha A., ed. Transcending the Boundaries of Law: Generations of Feminism and Legal Theory. New York: Routledge, 2010.
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- feminist legal theory
- social institutions
- global legal cultures