Women, Politics and the Public Sphere is a socio-historical analysis of the relationship between women, politics and the public sphere.
The book looks at the legacy of eighteenth-century intellectual groupings which were dominated by women such as members of the 'bluestocking circles' and other more radical intellectual and philosophical thinkers such as Catherine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft. These individuals and groups which emerged in the eighteenth century established 'intellectual spaces' for the emergence of women public intellectuals in subsequent centuries.
Women public intellectuals in the US examined in the book include: Samantha Power, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Elizabeth Warren, Condoleezza Rice, Susan Rice, Hillary Clinton and Sheryl Sandberg.
The implications for the political representation of women in the West and globally will be considered, highlighting how women public intellectuals now reflect much more social and cultural diversity. The book is about the fault-lines established in the eighteenth century for later developments in social and political discourse.
"A remarkable book about women as public intellectuals, covering three centuries. Obstacles and opportunities to women's involvement in the public sphere, including in the USA, are carefully analysed." Miriam E. David, Professor Emerita, UCL Institute of Education
Ann Brooks is a Visiting Professor at the Australian Catholic University in 2018-19. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS). Ann has held positions as Professor of Sociology, at Bournemouth University and Head of School and Professor of Sociology and Cultural Studies at University of Adelaide. She has held research fellowships at University of California, Berkeley and at the Asia Research Institute at the National University of Singapore. Her latest book is Genealogies of Emotions, Intimacy and Desire: Theories of Changes in Emotional Regimes from Medieval Society to Late Modernity (Routledge, 2017). Ann’s forthcoming book is Love and Intimacy in Contemporary Society (Routledge, 2019).
The Gender Politics of “Bluestocking Philosophy”;
Gender and the Politics of the Public Sphere;
‘Uncompromising Politics’: Catherine Macaulay and Mary Wollstonecraft;
Women Writers: Setting the Terms of the Debate;
The Role of Social Movements Leading to the Emergence of Women Public Intellectuals;
Contemporary Women Public Intellectuals – the United States 1;
Contemporary Women Public Intellectuals – the United States 2;