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differences (1991) 3 (1): 20–38.
Published: 01 April 1991
...Lisa C. Bower "Mother" in Law: Conceptions of Mother and the Maternal in Felllinislll and Felllinist Legal Theory LISA C. BOWER re question ofmotherhood and the maternal is currently a topic of considerable debate within feminist theories. In the 60s, some feminists focused on the family...
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differences (2018) 29 (2): 191–195.
Published: 01 September 2018
... of breeding farms, unspeakable, unspoken acts of sexual violence, and suspiciously light-skinned household bodies counted as inventory rather than progeny, the essay addresses how this legacy of fear and loathing, of “in-law” and “outlaw” family lingers today, codified in and by our language as who gets...
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differences (2007) 18 (3): 81–96.
Published: 01 December 2007
...: u of Minnesota p, 2002 . Eskridge, William N., and Nan D. Hunter. Sexuality, Gender, and the Law. 2nd ed. New York: Foundation, 2004 . Finnis, John. “The Good of Marriage and the Morality of Sexual Relations: Some Philosophical and Historical Observations.” American Journal...
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differences (1996) 8 (3): 1–20.
Published: 01 November 1996
... Merchants: Accounting, Civility, and the Natural Laws of Gender Feminist historians (including myself) have spent a good part of the last twenty years trying to explain how and why women have been systematically excluded from equal participation in an entire range of human activities, from waged labor...
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differences (2007) 18 (2): 72–102.
Published: 01 September 2007
... F. Public Vows: A History of Marriage and the Nation . Cambridge, ma: Harvard up, 2000 . Crenshaw, Kimberlé. “Color Blindness, History, and the Law.” The House That Race Built . Ed. Wahneema Lubiano. New York: Vintage, 1998 . 280 -88. ____. “Race, Reform, and Retrenchment: Transformation...
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differences (2021) 32 (2): 122–160.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Erin A. Spampinato This essay identifies what the author terms “adjudicative reading,” a tendency in literary criticism to read novels depicting sexual violence as if in a court of law. Adjudicative reading tracks characters’ motivations and the physical outcomes of their actions as if novels can...
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differences (2012) 23 (2): 1–19.
Published: 01 September 2012
...Judith Butler Returning to Juliet Mitchell’s own rereading of her account of sexual difference, this article takes up the question of how structures of kinship—along with the laws of sexual difference that constitute them—are transmitted. According to Mitchell, the construction of sexual difference...
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differences (2011) 22 (1): 111–145.
Published: 01 May 2011
...? This article approaches these questions from an unusual angle, focusing on the passing of competition and antitrust laws and the establishment of a Competition Authority in Turkey alongside the story of a fictional institute called The Clock Setting Institute in Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar's novel of the same name...
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differences (2012) 23 (3): 119–160.
Published: 01 December 2012
... of the second law of thermodynamics. The second law of thermodynamics not only postulates a universal increase of entropy and an “arrow of time” but also has been based on human ignorance, the assumption that there is an objective world independent of us that we can know only incompletely. Maxwell’s demon...
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differences (2018) 29 (2): 189–190.
Published: 01 September 2018
...Ann duCille This critical commentary presents short essays by three major scholars of sociology, law, critical race theory, and feminist studies—Patricia J. Williams, Mignon Moore, and Kendall Thomas—responding to and engaging with Katherine Franke’s 2015 monograph Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage...
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differences (2017) 28 (2): 86–115.
Published: 01 September 2017
... of a boundary or limit (going beyond pleasure into something painful or traumatic), but rather as a foray into speculative philosophy, an attempt to identify the transcendent principle or higher law of the pleasure principle, the supersensual law of its sensual manifestations. This paper explores...
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differences (2019) 30 (2): 115–145.
Published: 01 September 2019
... the legal and illegal, and the woman guerilla, the limit between the past and future. The truths of these figures reveal the impossibilities of living under colonial, patriarchal, and repressive conditions and unleash a force that challenges the boundaries instituted on speech, law, and politics by liberal...
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differences (2021) 32 (3): 114–146.
Published: 01 December 2021
... that despite the tenacity of male governance, female in-laws wield tremendous power in the rites that widows deem discriminatory. While interlocutors in this essay stress the near impossibility of a widow escaping the tentacles of authority and the empathy deficit stemming from it, others who have resisted...
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differences (2012) 23 (2): 42–70.
Published: 01 September 2012
... or material influence. The split appears in Freud’s analogy of “savage” sociality and the European psyche in Totem and Taboo as a hesitation about whether law and custom are external to the “savage” psyche or constituent parts of it. Freud’s chief ethnological sources for Totem and Taboo —Lorimer Fison...
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differences (2013) 24 (3): 63–100.
Published: 01 December 2013
... as a political strategy of refusal and illegibility. Waddedar’s iteration of sati relies on its peculiar status in nineteenth-century colonial law, where it was classified as “voluntary culpable homicide by consent.” This legislation inaugurated a new juridical index of female desire that shaped the political...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 119–125.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Juana María Rodríguez This essay uses the keyword testimony to explore how that term has been understood through law, literature, and social media. It explores the rhetorical demands of the hashtag #MeToo in relation to the demands of representation and interpretation to probe our affective...
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differences (2019) 30 (1): 15–23.
Published: 01 May 2019
...Eva Cherniavsky This keyword essay explores the political value and the limitations of the #MeToo movement. While the debates around #MeToo have largely centered on the politics of law and language, this essay suggests that buried in these debates lies a more fundamental set of questions about...
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differences (2009) 20 (2-3): 148–178.
Published: 01 December 2009
...Nancy Armstrong; Leonard Tennenhouse This essay argues that sovereignty, both the form of government and the law it constitutes, can be understood in terms of what it keeps out and at bay—namely, historically specific forms of formlessness. Assuming that formlessness does indeed have a form...
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differences (2009) 20 (2-3): 250–278.
Published: 01 December 2009
... international law to an updated endorsement of Kant's quest for perpetual cosmopolitan peace. With the problem of history and the relationship between temporality and the “cultural” disciplines such as philosophy in mind, the author updates Habermas's updating of Kant in a context of perpetual war that neither...
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differences (2019) 30 (2): 1–29.
Published: 01 September 2019
... a water shortage and tried to claim insurance on victims. Gregson v. Gilbert denied plaintiffs the right to profit from murder without indicting anyone for the atrocity. This diasporic Caribbean poet revives mythological figures—notably, the biblical Ruth—to expose Western law and the English language...
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