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Feminism, Law, Inclusion

Intersectionality in Action

edited by Gayle MacDonald; Rachel L. Osborne & Charles C Smith

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gender & the law, feminism & feminist theory
list price: $28.95
category: Social Science
published: 2005
imprint: Women's Press

The contributions to this collection are written by legal advocates, community activists and legal scholars. While the Introduction and Commentary provide a theoretical overview, the ten essays examine theories of intersectionality to demonstrate how race, class, sexual orientation, gender and identity have been integrated into legal scholarship and activism in an attempt to shape legal policy and practice.
Section 1, "Theory in Action," addresses anti-racism in community legal practice, the legal construction of women's sexuality as deviant, the protection of sexual orientation under human rights legislation, and the gender and racial characteristics of the judiciary. Section 2, "Organizations in Action," looks at women's place in the legal profession, international women's rights, and disrupting discriminatory practices in the workplace. Section 3, "Law in Action," discusses the rights of Native women, racial bias in legal judgements, and the recognition and protection of same-sex spousal rights.
Feminism, Law, Inclusion is an important contribution to the ongoing development of this critical discourse.

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Contributor notes

Gayle MacDonald is professor of Sociology at St. Thomas University in Fredericton. She is the co-author of Sex Workers in the Maritimes Talk Back (2006-7), the editor of Social Location and Social Context in the Sociology of Law (2002), and is currently editing a collection on women's resistance to law, with Ellen Faulkner.Rachel Osborne is a policy advisor in the area of educational governance.Charles Smith is Equity Advisor to the Canadian Bar Association and a Lecturere in Cultural Pluralism in the Arts at the Scarborough Campus/University of Toronto.

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Editorial Review

"This book brims with insights about the ways in which law has compelled women to resist its burdens and challenge its partialities. The contributors take seriously theorizing and describing inclusive intersectionalities from feminist perspectives. It is a must read for well-informed scholars and activists, whether legally trained or not."— “Beverley Baines, professor in Women's Studies and Law at Queen's University

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Gayle MacDonald

Gayle MacDonald is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at St. Thomas University, Fredericton. She is the editor of Critical Issues in Corrections

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Rachel L. Osborne

Rachel Osborne is a policy advisor in the area of educational governance.
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Charles C Smith

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