Edited by Emilios Christodoulidis, Ruth Dukes and Marco Goldoni
Chapter 3: Critical legal feminisms
This chapter outlines the typical preoccupations of critical legal feminisms, and the methods and tools they draw upon. There is considerable diversity within the field, encompassing scholars who would identify variously as postmodern or poststructuralist, psychoanalytic, critical race, postcolonial and/or queer feminists, sometimes in combination with materialist and/or sociolegal orientations. The key commonality among critical legal feminisms is that they engage in critique in three directions simultaneously: critique of law, critique of other critical theories and critique of ‘mainstream’ feminisms. To a greater or lesser extent, critical legal feminisms have also moved beyond critique to develop transformative projects, alternative visions or more tentative reconstructive agendas in law. The chapter explains and illustrates these various critiques and reconstructive projects.
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