Women's Resolutions of Laws Reconsidered: Epistemic Shifts and the Emergence of the Feminist Legal Discourse

Drakopoulou, Maria (2000) Women's Resolutions of Laws Reconsidered: Epistemic Shifts and the Emergence of the Feminist Legal Discourse. Law and Critique, 11 (1). pp. 47-71. ISSN 0957-8536. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

This paper has arisen from my interest in questions ofsubjectivity of primary concern to contemporaryfeminist jurisprudence. Rather than side with anyparticular view represented in the debates surroundingthese questions, I have used Foucault''s concept ofepisteme to explore the tradition of feministlegal thought. By focusing upon seventeenth-centurywomen''s writings in which the earliest statementslinking law to women''s oppression are to be found, thepaper argues that knowledge claims about law''sassociation with women''s oppression are predicated notupon the positing of a sovereign feministconsciousness, but upon the specific positivities ofknowledge which existed at the time. Theunderstanding of the birth of the feminist legaldiscourse in terms of the specific conditions of itspossibility, although historically contextualised,raises questions about the hitherto seeminglyunassailable adherence to subjectivist epistemologywhich the current feminist engagement with lawmaintains.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: feminist epistemology - feminist jurisprudence - feminist legal discourse - Foucault - subjectivity
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > Kent Law School
Depositing User: A. Davies
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2007 19:14
Last Modified: 14 Jan 2010 14:04
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1826 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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