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Toward a Humanist JusticeThe Political Philosophy of Susan Moller Okin$
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Debra Satz and Rob Reich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195337396

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195337396.001.0001

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Okin and the Challenge of Essentialism

Okin and the Challenge of Essentialism

(p.166) 9 Okin and the Challenge of Essentialism
Toward a Humanist Justice

Alison M. Jaggar

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Okin's engagement with feminists who found her theories essentialist, in particular, expressing the norms of dominant populations in her work and focusing on heterosexual and privileged families. This chapter looks at Okin's response to those criticisms and the evolution of her work over time to become more inclusive. This chapter argues that this evolution demonstrates the benefits of the essentialism debate for feminist studies, despite its frequent sharpness and painfulness.

Keywords:   essentialism, multiculturalism, feminist method, bias

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