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Neoliberal Melancholia: The Case of Feminist Legal Scholarship

Author(s): Margaret Thornton

This paper arises out of a concern for the future of feminist legal scholarship in the academy. First, it considers the significance of the implosion of the category ‘woman’, suggesting that it should be understood in its particular epistemic context. Secondly, it considers the impact of the contemporary market paradigm on feminist legal scholarship and on feminist academics generally. As the prognosis is not optimistic, the paper poses the question as to whether the more appropriate site for feminist legal academics might be outside the academy.

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Research theme: Human Rights Law and Policy, Law and Gender, Legal Education, The Legal Profession

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