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Autonomy, Gender, Politics

Marilyn Friedman

Abstract

Women have historically been prevented from living autonomously by systematic injustice, subordination, and oppression. The lingering effects of these practices have prompted many feminists to view autonomy with suspicion. This book defends the ideal of feminist autonomy. The book proposes that behavior is autonomous if it accords with the wants, cares, values, or commitments that the actor has reaffirmed and is able to sustain in the face of opposition. By this account, autonomy is socially grounded yet also individualizing and sometimes socially disruptive, qualities that can be ultimately a ... More

Keywords: feminist autonomy, opposition, romantic love, social institutions, abuse, minorities, cultural practices

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780195138504
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195138503.001.0001

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Marilyn Friedman, author
Washington University, St. Louis
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