Political Science | Feminist Political Theory (3 Cr)
Y675 | 3493 | Robinson

Y657/G601 Feminist Political Theory:  Gender, Politics and the
State    Wed 1:20-3:20
Professor Robinson

Are women citizens?  Is citizenship gendered?  Does the construct and
practice of the nation-state presuppose different kinds of
citizenship?  Does democracy include women? How are reproduction,
production, immigration, and soldiering implicated in the
construction of citizens and the relation between women, men and the
These are all questions addressed by feminist theorists. I would
argue that these questions are not interesting just because a group
of feminists talk about them.  They are interesting and indeed
critical because they help us to uncover the ways politics is
practiced and experiences at the level of the nation-state.  They
also provide another way to get at the vexed questions of what
constitutes ethnicity, nation, a people.
In this course we will spend time examining both feminist and more
traditional theoretical formulations of gender and the state.  Toward
the latter part of the semester, we will consider issues of
citizenship, womenís rights and human rights, diaspora and resistance
politics, using a gendered lens.    Among authors we will examine are
J.S. Mill, Wollstonecraft, Pateman, MacKinnon, Sevenhuijsen, Voet,
Skocpol, Judith Butler, Joan Scott and more.  I have not yet ordered
texts, but am currently considering ordering two texts: Laslett,
Brenner and Arat, eds., Rethinking the Political: Gender, Resistance
and the State (1995) and Judith Butler and Joan Scott, Feminists
Theorize the Political (1992), and supplementing them with additional
readings, but no guarantees yet.
Written work will include several short responses to readings and a
research paper.