What counts as feminist theory? Thompson, Denise en_US 2021-11-25T14:48:40Z 2021-11-25T14:48:40Z 2000 en_US
dc.description.abstract This paper argues for a particular meaning of feminism, in terms of a political struggle against the social relations of male supremacy and for a human status for women outside male control. It starts by acknowledging there are conflicts over the meaning of feminism, but points out that these are not resolved by references to 'feminisms' in the plural. Neither, it goes on to argue, is feminism an 'identity politics'. Although feminism is centrally concerned with women, that concern is necessary because of the existence of social relations based on the principle that only men count as 'human'. In that sense, feminism is both social theory and critical theory. It is also radical feminism, and the paper mounts a defence of radical feminism against charges that it is 'essentialist', 'white and middle-class' and 'right-wing', while at the same time criticising the typology which defines radical feminism as simply one 'feminism' among many. en_US
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
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dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other feminist theory en_US
dc.subject.other radical feminism en_US
dc.subject.other defining feminism en_US
dc.subject.other male supremacy en_US
dc.subject.other peer review en_US
dc.title What counts as feminist theory? en_US
dc.type Working Paper en
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unsw.description.notePublic Included with the paper is some documentation giving an account of its reception by the academic feminist community. Author Introduction to the Refereed Papers: en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Arts Design & Architecture
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Thompson, Denise, Social Policy Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UNSW en_US Social Policy Research Centre *
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