The Sexual Contract

Author: Carole Pateman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0745680356

Category: Social Science

Page: 280

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Carole Pateman is one of the foremost political theorists writing in English today. In this outstanding new work, she presents a major reinterpretation of modern political theory. She shows how standard discussions of social contract theory tell only half the story. The sexual contract which establishes modern patriarchy and the political right of men over women is never mentioned. In a wide-ranging and scholarly discussion, Pateman examines the significance of the political fictions of the original contract and the slave contract. She also offers a sweeping challenge to conventional understandings - of both left and right - of actual contracts in everyday life: the marriage contract, the employment contract, the prostitution contract and the new surrogacy contract. By bringing a feminist perspective to bear on the contradictions and paradoxes surrounding women and contract and the relation between the sexes, she is able to shed new light on the fundamental problems of freedom and subordination. The Sexual Contract will become a classic text in the politics of gender and will be of major interest to students of social and political theory and philosophy, women's studies, sociology and jurisprudence.

The Sociology of Healthcare

Author: Alan Clarke

Publisher: Pearson Education

ISBN: 9780582369542

Category: Medical

Page: 310

View: 5890


Explores the sociology of healthcare, providing an introduction to issues within the healthcare system, ranging from the changes in policy and practice since the new Labour government came into power and the issues of rationing, consumerism and disability within healthcare.

Prospects for the National Health

Author: Paul Atkinson,Robert Dingwall,Anne Murcott

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317358694

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 222

View: 4114


The British National Health Service celebrated its thirtieth birthday in 1978. A Royal Commission was set up to consider the role of the National Health Service, and it is the debates that surrounded this Royal Commission that form the basis for the twelve topics covered by this book. The economic difficulties that the country was facing when this book was published in 1979 highlighted the widely publicised malaise in the health service, and exposed the limitation of a set of ideals developed by the NHS in the years after the Second World War. These limitations, reflected in the economic recession of all industrial countries, presented a challenge and thus an opportunity to re-examine the nature and purpose of our health service. Although this work offered no easy solutions, it did present significant implications for public debate and public appraisal of the prospects of the National Health Service, and greatly mirrors the debates that have been stirring in more recent years. This title will be of interest to students of sociology.

Family Communication

Nurturing and Control in a Changing World

Author: Beth A. Le Poire

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781412904063

Category: Family & Relationships

Page: 345

View: 8554


Family Communication: Nurturing and Control in a Changing World thoroughly reviews the traditional family communication theories of roles theory, family systems theory, and rules theory in an engaging, non-traditional way. This book uniquely organizes the study of family communication around the concepts of nurturing and control in all family relationships, across all family forms, and their relationships to psychological processes and communicative outcomes in families.