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The idea of the individual as a free and equal

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Unformatted text preview: ology of males with their need to separate and distance themselves from their mother, something that is far less important to female children. CONTRACTS PRIORITIZE MASCULINE APPROACHES Diana Coole, Lecturer in politics, University of London, THE SOCIAL CONTRACT FROM HOBBES TO RAWLS, David Boucher and Paul Kelly, eds., 1994, p.207. But many feminists also insist that these practices themselves entail an intrusion of 'feminine' (and mainly women's) orientations - towards relatedness; care for others in their otherness; reciprocal, collective life; compassionate judgement; openness to ambiguity - into the sterile politics of the 'neutral', impersonal, contractual, masculine state. From this perspective, questions concerning the social contract, and contractual relations more generally, cannot be separated from the social, psychological and discursive constructions of gender; as far as feminists are concerned, their purely formal analysis is only another example of a mystifying and masculine approach Diana Coole, Lecturer in politics, University of London, THE SOCIAL CONTRACT FROM HOBBES TO RAWLS, David Boucher and Paul Kelly, eds., 1994, p.191. Second, contract theory is about paradigmatic social relations within a liberal society. In its more recent versions these relate to morality more than political obligation, but they retain many of the same assumptions regarding the orientations and capacities of the individuals who participate. In this context, and in line with developments within feminist theory, there has been a shift from analysing the place of actual women within the contract to interpretations of contractarianism as a mode of discourse that privileges masculinity as a norm. SLHS Value File CONTRACT THEORY IS PATRIARCHICALLY CONSTRUCTED IN ITS RELATIONS AND FORMULATION Diana Coole, Lecturer in politics, University of London, THE SOCIAL CONTRACT FROM HOBBES TO RAWLS, David Boucher and Paul Kelly, eds., 1994, p.205. Moreover, because women cannot therefore be the proprietors of their persons, since their bodies are at the disposal of men, they cannot ex...
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