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The Civil Sphere$
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Jeffrey C. Alexander

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162509

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162509.001.0001

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(p.235) Chapter 10 Gender and Civil Repair
The Civil Sphere

Jeffrey C. Alexander

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on boundary relations between family and the civil sphere, and the movements it has generated for social change. It aims to establish a prima facie case for viewing the women's movement in terms of civil society. The discussion covers the relations between the intimate and civil spheres; the difference of women as facilitating input; the difference of women as destructive intrusion; gender universalism and civil repair; the compromise formation of public motherhood; public stage and civil sphere; feminist fortunes in the twentieth century; and the ethical limits of care.

Keywords:   family, civil sphere, social change, women's movement, civil society

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