Transcending the Boundaries of Law brings together three generations of the most respected feminist legal theorists in order to assess the past, the present and the future of feminist legal thought in the Law and Society tradition.
Transcending the Boundaries of Law marks the 25th year of the Feminism and Legal Theory Project, and follows the publication - based on a series of workshops at the University of Wisconsin in 1984 - of the very first anthology in feminist legal theory, At the Boundaries of Law (published by Routledge in 1991). Bringing together some of the original contributors to that volume, as well as their students and the newest generation of critical gender scholars, this anthology not only provides a retrospective on 25 years of theoretical engagement and evolution in regard to gender and law scholarship; it also charts a course for its future. The anthology is organized according to a three-generation schema. First is what might be termed the transitional generation of feminist legal scholars: those who moved us from women-in-law to feminist legal theory. There are many untold stories about that transition. Second, is the work of the students who followed in their wake. Their path was easier, in that they had both feminist material and mentors to facilitate their scholarly projects, and they raised important intersectional ideas and concepts that complicated the very concept of gender. They have also taken on counter and conservative movements in law, such as that represented by law and economics and sociobiology. The third section contains new theories and theorists: the work of those who are broadening the inquiry: sometimes challenging the traditional feminist model with more critical perspectives on gender theory; and, of necessity, addressing the tensions that have emerged between queer and feminist theories, as well as the increasingly obvious inadequacies of identity-based analyses.
Providing an untold intellectual history of the evolution of feminist legal thought, as well as assessing the future of feminist legal theory, Transcending the Boundaries of Law is a ground-breaking collection that will be central to the further development of feminism and related critical theories.
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