How Does Change Happen? Deliberation and Difficulty


Ackerly, Brooke A. 2007. “How Does Change Happen? Deliberation and Difficulty.” Hypatia 22 (4): 46–63. 

Author: Brooke A. Ackerly


Theoretically, feminists ought to be the best deliberative democrats. However, political commitments (which this author shares) to inclusiveness on issues of reproductive health and gay and lesbian rights, for example, create a boundary within feminism between those committed to the “feminist consensus” on these issues and women activists who share some feminist commitments, but not all. This article offers theoretically and empirically informed suggestions for how feminists can foster inclusive deliberation within feminist spaces.

Topics: Feminisms, Gender, Political Participation

Year: 2007

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