through better contracts? Carole Pateman’s The Sexual Contract suggests that the problem is not women’s “inability” to negotiate for themselves, to. The Sexual Contract: Carole Pateman: In her most famous work, The Sexual Contract (), Pateman challenged the liberal idea that the power of the state. The Sexual Contract [Carole Pateman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. In this remarkably original work of political philosophy, one of.

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Pages with related products. No attention is paid to the problems that arise when women are excluded from the original contract but incorporated into the new contractual order. The Disorder of Women: One of her most intriguing arguments is that the marriage contract implicitly binds the woman to the man, creating a relationship between a master and his servant.

Return to Book Page. From the Inside Flap In this remarkably original work of political philosophy, one of today’s foremost feminist theorist challenges the way contemporary society functions by questioning the standard interpretation of an idea that is deeply embedded in American and British political thought: The author offers a sweeping challenge to conventional understandings- of both left and right- of actual contracts in everyday life: Thick, repetitive, but an interesting look at the contract theorists, a taking apart of the idea that contract theory supports equality among the sexes.

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Showing of 10 reviews. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. Another problem with The Sexual Contract is the somewhat circular writing style. The history of white Western feminism has been fraught with problems of internal racism, classism, and other systems of subjugation.

Pateman is rarely explicit about her own view, requiring the reader to reconstruct this based on what she does not say. Patemzn feminist intervention to the taken-for-granted social contract theories.

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Original Edition Oxford Paperbacks Rape was is not seen to be possible within marriage because wives were are seen as having contracted away their sexual choice. The challenge of her work is to go beyond the obvious problems of exploitation and abuse- which is not to dismiss them but to attack the foundation upon which they are created. The struggle for a social wage is the struggle for recognition and against the imposition of the endless work which is capital’s goal for women.

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One person found this helpful. Lists with This Book. By bringing a feminist perspective to bear on the contradictions and paradoxes surrounding women and contract, and the relation between the sexes, she is able to shed new light on fundamental political problems of freedom and subordination. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Carloe more about Amazon Giveaway.

One of the main targets of the book is those who try to turn contractarian theory to progressive contravt, and a major thesis of the book is that this is not possible. In this remarkably original work of political philosophy, one of paheman foremost feminist theorist challenges the way contemporary society functions by questioning the standard interpretation of an idea that is deeply embedded in American and British political thought: This author follows the logic of “pure contractarianism” to its theoretical conclusion: In the author’s words, “In contract theory universal freedom is always a hypothesis, a story, a political fiction.

Especially in relation to women, however, her position makes sense, since ‘housework’ is work, and work for capital at that, which goes unwaged. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. The author offers a sweeping challenge to conventional understandings- of both left and right- of actual contracts in everyday life: The feminist take-down of contract theory, this book offers a gender-conscious genealogy of the development of contractarianism, and shows its fundamentally male-supremacist character.

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The Sexual Contract

Notably, she sometimes veers into an essentialism which does not seem to fit with the rest of her thesis. It’s quite easy to follow her train of thought. The sexual contract is ignored and thus men’s patriarchal right over women is also glossed over. Furthermore, the book has been reprinted much more recently, giving Pateman ample opportunity to retract a sentence that lends nothing to her argument and is irrelevant to her point. Stanford University Press Amazon. Don’t have an account?

First, that since all classical social contract theorists were men writing about dividing up the ‘goods’ of social organizations, they must have included women in those lists of goods even though none seem to do so explicitly.

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