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Susan Moller Okin on Inequalities - Dictionary of Arguments

Gaus I 279
Inequalities/family/state/Okin/Mottier:. In Okin's (1991)(1) work (...) the numerous inequalities
of the private sphere are attributed to the structuration, by the state, of the relations between men and women within the family. The labour market and the economic market have been profoundly gendered and cannot be understood adequately without taking into account their grounding in male domination and the female responsibility for the domestic sphere.
Democracy: Consequently, she argues that the democratization of the public sphere is not possible
without the prior democratization of the private sphere. In order to render possible the democratization of the private sphere, we need to acquire a better grasp of the ways in which the private sphere is shaped by the public sphere. Despite her critical view on the interdependency of the spheres, Okin thinks that it is important to maintain the distinction between the private and the public.
Women’s rights: Quite a few women's rights such as the right to abortion, for example, require a right to 'privacy' in order to be exercised; that is, the respect of a sphere within which the individual has the right to decide freely, Okin (1991(1)) argues. >Privacy/Anne Philips.


1. Okin, Susan Moller (1991) 'Gender, the public, the private'. In David Held, ed., Political Theory Today. Cambridge: Polity, 67—90.

Véronique Mottier 2004. „Feminism and Gender Theory: The Return of the State“. In: Gaus, Gerald F. & Kukathas, Chandran 2004. Handbook of Political Theory. SAGE Publications


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Okin, Susan Moller
Gaus I
Gerald F. Gaus
Chandran Kukathas
Handbook of Political Theory London 2004


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