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The Civil Sphere$
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Jeffrey C. Alexander

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.001.0001

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Gender and Civil Repair

Gender and Civil Repair

The Long and Winding Road through Motherhood

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(p.235) Chapter 10 Gender and Civil Repair
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The Civil Sphere
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Jeffrey C. Alexander

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.003.0026

This chapter focuses on boundary relations between family and the civil sphere, and the movements it has generated for social change. It aims to establish a prima facie case for viewing the women's movement in terms of civil society. The discussion covers the relations between the intimate and civil spheres; the difference of women as facilitating input; the difference of women as destructive intrusion; gender universalism and civil repair; the compromise formation of public motherhood; public stage and civil sphere; feminist fortunes in the twentieth century; and the ethical limits of care.

Keywords:   family, civil sphere, social change, women's movement, civil society

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