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The Subject of Liberty free pdf This book reconsiders the dominant Western understandings of freedom through the lens of women's real-life experiences of domestic violence, welfare, and Islamic veiling. Nancy Hirschmann argues that the typical approach to freedom found in political philosophy severely reduces the concept's complexity, which is more fully revealed by taking such practical issues into account. Hirschmann begins by arguing that the dominant Western understanding of freedom does not provide a conceptual vocabulary for accurately characterizing women's experiences. Often, free choice is assumed when women are in fact coerced - as when a battered woman who stays with her abuser out of fear or economic necessity is said to make this choice because it must not be so bad - and coercion is assumed when free choices are made - such as when Westerners assume that all veiled women are oppressed, even though many Islamic women view veiling as an important symbol of cultural identity.Understanding the contexts in which choices arise and are made is central to understanding that freedom is socially constructed through systems of power such as patriarchy, capitalism, and race privilege. Social norms, practices, and language set the conditions within which choices are made, determine what options are available, and shape our individual subjectivity, desires, and self-understandings. Attending to the ways in which contexts construct us as 'subjects' of liberty, Hirschmann argues, provides a firmer empirical and theoretical footing for understanding what freedom means and entails politically, intellectually, and socially.

About Nancy J. Hirschmann

Nancy J. Hirschmann is Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of "Rethinking Obligation: A Feminist Method for Political Theory" and coeditor of "Revisioning the Political: Feminist Reconstructions of Traditional Concepts in Western Political Theory" and "Women and Welfare: Theory and Practice in the United States and Europe".

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Author : Nancy J. Hirschmann
Publisher : Princeton University Press
Data Published : 03 September 2002
ISBN : 0691096252
EAN : 9780691096254
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 312 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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