“Good housekeeping”? Re-assessing John Stuart Mill’s position on the gendered division of labour

McCabe, Helen (2016) “Good housekeeping”? Re-assessing John Stuart Mill’s position on the gendered division of labour. History of Political Thought, 38 (4). ISSN 0143-781X (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper considers an oft-criticised passage of John Stuart Mill’s The Subjection of Women, arguing that Mill’s position is misunderstood. In this passage, Mill identifies a trilemma facing women in non-ideal circumstances. Two elements of this can be satisfied, but not all three, so long as men continue to refuse to perform their domestic responsibilities. In these non-ideal circumstances, Mill privileges justice over autonomy – women ought only to be asked to do their fair share of labour, which, if they chose to marry and have children, will mean it is unfair to ask them also to work full-time outside the home.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: John Stuart Mill; family; justice; history of political thought; family.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
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Depositing User: McCabe, Dr Helen
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2017 10:31
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 08:36
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/46386

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