Rethinking Ruddick and the Ethnocentrism Critique of Maternal Thinking

Hypatia 25 (4):834-851 (2010)
Abstract
In the early 1990s, Sara Ruddick's Maternal Thinking was criticized for harboring a latent ethnocentrism. Ruddick responded to these critiques in the 1995 edition of her book, but her response has not yet been addressed in the feminist philosophical literature. This essay addresses this lacuna in the scholarship on Ruddick. In the last installment of this critique, Alison Bailey and Patrice DiQuinzio suggested that the only way for Ruddick to avoid the ethnocentrism charge would require her near-universalistic claims about mothering to be rejected in favor of “particularized, localized accounts of mothering.” In this essay I'll show that this claim goes too far. After reviewing Lugones's and Bailey's critiques of Ruddick, along with Ruddick's response, I propose a “modified universalism” that addresses the concerns raised by Ruddick's critics while preserving key elements of her theory
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1527-2001.2010.01139.x
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 24,975
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
An Appreciation of Love's Labor.Sara Ruddick - 2002 - Hypatia 17 (3):214 - 224.

View all 7 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Pacifism and Care.Victoria Davion - 1990 - Hypatia 5 (1):90 - 100.
The Atrocity Paradigm.Sara Ruddick - 2004 - International Philosophical Quarterly 44 (1):126-128.
Causal Connection.William Ruddick - 1968 - Synthese 18 (1):46 - 67.
Hume on Scientific Law.Chester T. Ruddick - 1949 - Philosophy of Science 16 (2):89-93.
Doctors' Rights and Work.William Ruddick - 1979 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 4 (2):192-203.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2010-09-29

Total downloads

10 ( #413,192 of 2,063,224 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

1 ( #396,194 of 2,063,224 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums