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Jean Bethke Elshtain
|Description:||viii, 375 pages ; 24 cm|
|Contents:||1. Politics without Cliche --
2. Methodological Sophistication and Conceptual Confusion --
3. Arendt's "Truth and Politics" --
4. The Relationship between Political Language and Political Reality --
5. A Controversy on Language and Politics: The Post-Golden Notebook Fiction of Doris Lessing --
6. Presidential Voice --
7. Feminist Political Rhetoric and Women's Studies --
8. Feminism and Politics --
9. Sovereignty, Identity, and Sacrifice --
10. Feminists against the Family (and Subsequent Controversy) --
11. Liberal Heresies: Existentialism and Repressive Feminism --
12. Symmetry and Soporifics: A Critique of Feminist Accounts of Gender Development --
13. Against Androgyny --
14. Women and the Ideology of Victimization --
15. Politics and the Battered Woman --
16. Battered Reason --
17. Trial by Fury --
18. The Mothers of the Disappeared: Passion and Protest in Maternal Action --
19. Is There a Feminist Tradition on War and Peace?
|Responsibility:||Jean Bethke Elshtain.|
Table of Contents:
Politics without Cliche -- Methodological Sophistication and Conceptual Confusion -- Arendt's "Truth and Politics" -- The Relationship between Political Language and Political Reality -- A Controversy on Language and Politics: The Post-Golden Notebook Fiction of Doris Lessing -- Presidential Voice -- Feminist Political Rhetoric and Women's Studies -- Feminism and Politics -- Sovereignty, Identity, and Sacrifice -- Feminists against the Family (and Subsequent Controversy) -- Liberal Heresies: Existentialism and Repressive Feminism -- Symmetry and Soporifics: A Critique of Feminist Accounts of Gender Development -- Against Androgyny -- Women and the Ideology of Victimization -- Politics and the Battered Woman -- Battered Reason -- The Mothers of the Disappeared: Passion and Protest in Maternal Action -- Trial by Fury -- Is There a Feminist Tradition on War and Peace? -- Don't Be Cruel: Reflections on Rortyian Liberalism -- Our Town Reconsidered: Reflections on the Small Town in American Literature -- Democracy's Middle Way -- Albert Camus's First Man.
"At the center of Elshtain's work is a passionate concern with the relationship between political rhetoric and political action. For Elshtain, politics is a sphere of concrete responsibility. Political speech should, therefore, approach the richness of actual lives and commitments rather than present impossible utopias. Elshtain finds in the writings of Vaclav Havel, Hannah Arendt, and Albert Camus a language appropriate to the complexity of everyday life and politics, and in her essays she critiques philosophers and writers who distance us from a concrete, embodied world. She argues against those repressive strains within contemporary feminism which insist that families and even sexual differentiation are inherently oppressive. Along the way, she challenges an ideology of victimization that too often loses sight of individual victims in its pursuit of abstract goals. Elshtain reaffirms the quirky and by no means simple pleasures of small-town life as a microcosm of the human condition as she considers the current crisis in American education and its consequences for democracy."--BOOK JACKET. "Beyond exploring the details of political life over the past two decades, Real Politics advocates a via media politics that avoids unacceptable extremes and serves as a model for responsible political discourse. Throughout her diverse and insightful writings, Elshtain champions a civic philosophy that regards the dignity of everyday life as a democratic imperative of the first order."--BOOK JACKET
"Most readers... will find a good deal to please them in Real Politics. Elshtain is one of the most attractive political theorists now writing. Amid ideological extremes and inanities, she is
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- Women -- Political activity.
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- Political science.
- Women in politics.
- Théorie féministe.
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- Science politique.
- Politieke communicatie.
- Politieke theorie.