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Origin stories in political thought : discourses on gender, power and citizenship /
Joanne H. Wright.
imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2004.
description
x, 230 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0802088120 :
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imprint
Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2004.
isbn
0802088120 :
catalogue key
5133369
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [205]-219) and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Joanne H. Wright is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the Centre for Women's Studies at Brock University.
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Summaries
Description for Reader
Origin stories are a recurring motif in the history of political thought. Presented as narratives that describe the beginnings of politics and power, these stories are among the most provocative and politically contentious means by which Western society organizes and represents its experience. Indeed, as scripts of citizenship, origin stories seek to manufacture consent to a preconceived ? and hierarchical ? political vision.Joanne H. Wright's Origin Stories in Political Thought examines Plato's Timaeus, Hobbes's story of the state of nature and the social contract, and early Second Wave feminist stories about the beginnings of patriarchal social relations. Using a historically sensitive, feminist methodology, Wright documents and deconstructs the tradition of telling origin stories in the larger history of political thought.Although individual tales have been assessed in current scholarship, the motif of the origin story itself has, until now, escaped systematic analysis. With meticulous research and convincing conclusions, Origin Stories in Political Thought makes a groundbreaking and valuable contribution to both feminist and political studies.
Main Description
Origin stories are a recurring motif in the history of political thought. Presented as narratives that describe the beginnings of politics and power, these stories are among the most provocative and politically contentious means by which Western society organizes and represents its experience. Indeed, as scripts of citizenship, origin stories seek to manufacture consent to a preconceived - and hierarchical - political vision. Joanne H. Wright's Origin Stories in Political Thought examines Plato's Timaeus , Hobbes's story of the state of nature and the social contract, and early Second Wave feminist stories about the beginnings of patriarchal social relations. Using a historically sensitive, feminist methodology, Wright documents and deconstructs the tradition of telling origin stories in the larger history of political thought. Although individual tales have been assessed in current scholarship, the motif of the origin story itself has, until now, escaped systematic analysis. With meticulous research and convincing conclusions, Origin Stories in Political Thought makes a groundbreaking and valuable contribution to both feminist and political studies.
Description for Reader
Origin stories are a recurring motif in the history of political thought. Presented as narratives that describe the beginnings of politics and power, these stories are among the most provocative and politically contentious means by which Western society organizes and represents its experience. Indeed, as scripts of citizenship, origin stories seek to manufacture consent to a preconceived A? and hierarchical A? political vision. Joanne H. Wright's Origin Stories in Political Thoughtexamines Plato's Timaeus, Hobbes's story of the state of nature and the social contract, and early Second Wave feminist stories about the beginnings of patriarchal social relations. Using a historically sensitive, feminist methodology, Wright documents and deconstructs the tradition of telling origin stories in the larger history of political thought. Although individual tales have been assessed in current scholarship, the motif of the origin story itself has, until now, escaped systematic analysis. With meticulous research and convincing conclusions, Origin Stories in Political Thoughtmakes a groundbreaking and valuable contribution to both feminist and political studies.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
The Origins Imperative in Political Theory: An Introductionp. 3
The Birth of Philosophy: Plato's Creation Politicsp. 24
Hobbes and the Discourse on Originsp. 54
Gender in Hobbes's Origin Story: The Case for Original Maternal Dominionp. 77
Pateman's Sexual Contract: An Origin Story of Her Ownp. 105
Getting to the Root of Patriarchy: Radical Feminism's Quest for Originsp. 127
Conclusionp. 159
Notesp. 165
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 221
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