This wide-ranging book responds to and moves beyond recent debates about the relationship between feminism and politics to offer a vision for the future of feminist theory. Leading figures have combined to offer a broad framework through which to articulate a `new democracy' - one that transgresses the traditional oppositions of equality and difference, sex and gender, essential and constructed, to view the `political' as complex, layered and relational.
Issues addressed include: gender, ethnicity, culture and sexual orientation, always embracing the multiple terrains and spaces produced by politics.
`Siting/Citing/Sighting the New Democracy'
PART ONE: NATIONAL VICTIMS
Kathleen B Jones
`Flowers from the Volcano'
Feminism of the North and West for Export
Karen Engle and Ranjana Khanna
See No Evil, Speak No Evil
PART TWO: PRACTICISING COALITIONS
Equality, Difference and Democracy
PART THREE: BODILY LOCATIONS
Patricia J Williams
Spare Parts, Family Values, Old Children, Cheap
Anna Marie Smith
The Regulation of Lesbian Sexuality through Erasure
PART FOUR: DEMOCRATIC REFLECTIONS
Gender Hierarchy, Equality, and the Possibility of Democracy
Patricia S Mann
Musing as a Feminist in a Postfeminist Era
The Reflective Solidarity of Democratic Feminism