Professor Anne Phillips

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Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science

Email: A.Phillips@lse.ac.uk|  
Office: CON5.07, Connaught House
Office Hours:  Monday 15:00-16:00 & Thursday 15:15-16:00 (by appointment)
Tel: +44 (0)20 7955 6979

 

 

 Biography


Anne Phillips is the Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science in the Department of Government. 

She joined the LSE in 1999 as Professor of Gender Theory, and was Director of the Gender Institute until September 2004. She subsequently moved to a joint appointment between the Gender Institute and Government Department. She is a leading figure in feminist political theory, and writes on issues of bodies and property, democracy and representation, equality, multiculturalism, and difference.

In 1992, she was co-winner of the American Political Science Association's Victoria Schuck Award for Best Book on Women and Politics published in 1991 (awarded for Engendering Democracy). She was awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Aalborg in 1999; was appointed Adjunct Professor in the Political Science Programme of the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 2002-6; and was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003. In 2008, she received a Special Recognition Award from the Political Studies Association, UK, for her contribution to Political Studies. In 2012, she was awarded the title Graham Wallas Professor of Political Science. In 2013 she received an honorary Doctorate from the University of Bristol, and was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 2014, she will be a Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Moral Social and Political Theory at the Australian National University.

Research Interests


  • Feminist Theory
  • The Body
  • Multiculturalism and Cosmopolitanism
  • The Human and Humanism

Current work 


Professor Phillips is currently working on ‘The Politics of the Human’, a series of four public lectures for the Sir John Seeley lectures at the University of Cambridge, October/November 2013. The lectures will then be expanded and rewritten for a book for Cambridge University Press.  

Teaching Responsibilities


  • GI406: Feminist Political Theory (Not available 2013/14)

Featured Books


Our Bodies, Whose Property?
Princeton University Press, Spring 2013 Princeton, USA. ISBN 9780691150864

Our Bodies. Whose Property?No one wants to be treated like an object, regarded as an item of property, or put up for sale. Yet many people frame personal autonomy in terms of self-ownership, representing themselves as property owners with the right to do as they wish with their bodies. Others do not use the language of property, but are similarly insistent on the rights of free individuals to decide for themselves whether to engage in commercial transactions for sex, reproduction, or organ sales. Drawing on analyses of rape, surrogacy, and markets in human organs, Our Bodies, Whose Property? challenges notions of freedom based on ownership of our bodies and argues against the normalization of markets in bodily services and parts. Anne Phillips explores the risks associated with metaphors of property and reasons why the commodification of the body remains problematic.

What, she asks, is wrong with thinking of oneself as the owner of one’s body? What is wrong with making our bodies available for rent or sale? What, if anything, is the difference between markets in sex, reproduction, or human body parts, and the other markets we commonly applaud?

Phillips contends that body markets occupy the outer edges of a continuum that is, in some way, a feature of all labor markets. But she also stresses the fact that we all have bodies, and considers the implications of this otherwise banal fact for equality. Bodies remind us of shared vulnerability, alerting us to the common experience of living as embodied beings in the same world.

Examining the complex issue of body exceptionalism, Our Bodies, Whose Property? demonstrates that treating the body as property makes human equality harder to comprehend.

 

Gender and Culture
Polity Press, Cambridge, 2010

Gender and CultureThe idea that respect for cultural diversity conflicts with gender equality is now a staple of both public and academic debate. Yet discussion of these tensions is marred by exaggerated talk of cultural difference, leading to ethnic reductionism, cultural stereotyping, and a hierarchy of traditional and modern. In this volume, Anne Phillips firmly rejects the notion that 'culture' might justify the oppression of women, but also queries the stereotypical binaries that have represented people from ethnocultural minorities as peculiarly resistant to gender equality.

The questions addressed include the relationship between universalism and cultural relativism, how to distinguish valid generalisation from either gender or cultural essentialism, and how to recognise women as agents rather than captives of culture. The discussions are illuminated by reference to legal cases and policy interventions, with a particular focus on forced marriage and cultural defence.

Publications


Our bodies, whose property?
Phillips, Anne (2013) Our bodies, whose property? Princeton University Press , Princeton, USA. ISBN 9780691150864

Gender, agency and coercion
Madhok, Sumi, Phillips, Anne and Wilson, Kalpana, eds. (2013) Gender, agency and coercion. Thinking gender in transnational times . Palgrave MacMillan, London, UK. ISBN 9780230300323

Inequality and markets: a response to Jessica Flanigan
Phillips, Anne (2013) Inequality and markets: a response to Jessica Flanigan. Political Theory, 41 (1). pp. 151-155. ISSN 0090-5917

It's my body and I'll do what I like with it: bodies as objects and property
Phillips, Anne (2011) It's my body and I'll do what I like with it: bodies as objects and property. Political Theory, 39 (6). pp. 724-748. ISSN 0090-5917

Gender and culture
Phillips, Anne (2010) Gender and culture. Polity, Cambridge, UK. ISBN 9780745647999

Initiatives britanniques concernant les mariages forcés: réglementation, dialogue et stratégie de sortie
Phillips, Anne and Dustin, Moira (2010) Initiatives britanniques concernant les mariages forcés: réglementation, dialogue et stratégie de sortie. In: Coene, Gily and Longman, Chia, (eds.) Feminisme et Multiculturalisme: Les Paradoxes du Debat. Europe des cultures(2). Peter Lang, Brussels, Belgium. ISBN 9789052016009

Komplexitaten der Einwilligung: juriristische Diskurse um Zwangsehen in Grossbritannien
Phillips, Anne (2010) Komplexitaten der Einwilligung: juriristische Diskurse um Zwangsehen in Grossbritannien. In: Strasser, Sabine and Holzleithner, Elisabeth, (eds.) Multikulturalismus Queer Gelesen. Zwangsverheiratung und Gleichgeschlechtliche Ehe in Pluralen Gesellschaften. Politik der Geschlechterverhältnisse(41). Campus Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. ISBN 9783593391724

Multiculturalism
Phillips, Anne (2010) Multiculturalism. In: Edmonds, David and Warburton, Nigel, (eds.) Philosophy Bites. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 68-76. ISBN 9780199576326

What’s wrong with essentialism?
Phillips, Anne (2010) What’s wrong with essentialism? Distinktion: Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory, 11 (1). pp. 47-60. ISSN 1600-910X

A debate on the public role of religion and its social and gender implications
Phillips, Anne and Casanova, Jose (2009) A debate on the public role of religion and its social and gender implications. Gender and development programme papers, PP-GD-5. United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva, Switzerland.

Religion: ally, threat or just religion?
Phillips, Anne (2009) Religion: ally, threat or just religion? In: Phillips, Anne and Casanova, José, (eds.) A Debate on the Public Role of Religion and Its Social and Gender Implications. Gender and development programme paper(5). United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, Geneva, Switzerland, pp. 39-58.

More on culture and representation
Phillips, Anne (2008) More on culture and representation. Social and Legal Studies, 17 (4). pp. 555-558. ISSN 0964-6639

Egalitarians and the market: dangerous ideals
Phillips, Anne (2008) Egalitarians and the market: dangerous ideals. Social Theory and Practice, 34 (3). pp. 439-462. ISSN 0037-802X

Free to decide for oneself
Phillips, Anne (2008) Free to decide for oneself. In: O’Neill, Daniel I, Shanley, Mary Lyndon and Young, Iris Marion, (eds.) The Illusion of Consent. Pennsylvania State University Press, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA. ISBN 9780271033518

Whose agenda is it?: abuses of women and abuses of `culture' in Britain
Dustin, Moira and Phillips, Anne (2008) Whose agenda is it?: abuses of women and abuses of `culture' in Britain. Ethnicities, 8 (3). pp. 405-424. ISSN 1468-7968

The rights of women and the crisis of multiculturalism (Guest editorial)
Phillips, Anne and Saharso, Sawitri (2008) The rights of women and the crisis of multiculturalism (Guest editorial). Ethnicities, 8 (3). pp. 2-12. ISSN 1468-7968

Multiculturalism without culture
Phillips, Anne (2007) Multiculturalism without culture. Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA. ISBN 9780691129440

Oxford handbook of political theory
Dryzek, John S., Honig, Bonnie and Phillips, Anne, eds. (2006) Oxford handbook of political theory. Oxford Handbooks of Political Science . Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K.. ISBN 0199270031

"Really" equal: opportunities and autonomy
Phillips, Anne (2006) "Really" equal: opportunities and autonomy. Journal of Political Philosophy, 14 (1). pp. 18-32. ISSN 0963-8016

What is 'culture'?
Phillips, Anne (2006) What is 'culture'? In: Arneil, Barbara, Deveaux, Monique, Dhamoon, Rita and Eisenberg, Avigail, (eds.) Sexual Justice / Cultural Justice. Routledge innovations in political theory. Routledge, pp. 15-29. ISBN 9780415770927

Between norms and practicalities: A response to Sawitri Saharso
Phillips, Anne (2005) Between norms and practicalities: A response to Sawitri Saharso. Ethnicities, 5 (2). pp. 271-273. ISSN 1468-7968

Dilemmas of gender and culture: the judge, the democrat and the political activist
Phillips, Anne (2005) Dilemmas of gender and culture: the judge, the democrat and the political activist. In: Eisenberg, Avigail and Spinner-Halev, Jeff, (eds.) Minorities Within Minorities: Equality, Rights and Diversity. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 113-134. ISBN 9780521603942

UK initiatives on forced marriage : regulation, dialogue and exit
Phillips, Anne and Dustin, Moira (2004) UK initiatives on forced marriage : regulation, dialogue and exit. Political Studies, 52 (3). pp. 531-551. ISSN 1467-9248

Defending equality of outcome
Phillips, Anne (2004) Defending equality of outcome. Journal of Political Philosophy, 12 (1). pp. 1-19. ISSN 1467-9760

Democracy, recognition and power
Phillips, Anne (2004) Democracy, recognition and power. In: Engelstad, Fredrik, Osterud, Oyvind and Sterud, Yvind, (eds.) Power and Democracy: Critical Interventions. Ashgate, Aldershot, U.K., pp. 57-78. ISBN 0754637670

Feminismo y republicanismo
Phillips, Anne (2004) Feminismo y republicanismo. In: Gargarella, R., Ovejero, F. and Martí, J. L., (eds.) Nuevas Ideas Republicanas. Paidos Iberica, Spain, pp. 263-285. ISBN 84-493-1510-7

Identity politics: have we now had enough?
Phillips, Anne (2004) Identity politics: have we now had enough? In: Andersen, Jon and Siim, Birte, (eds.) The Politics of Inclusion and Empowerment: Gender, Class and Citizenship. Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 36-48. ISBN 1403932387

When culture means gender: issues of cultural defence in the English courts
Phillips, Anne (2003) When culture means gender: issues of cultural defence in the English courts. Modern Law Review, 66 (4). pp. 510-531. ISSN 0026-7961

Recognition and the struggle for political voice
Phillips, Anne (2003) Recognition and the struggle for political voice. In: Hobson, Barbara, (ed.) Recognition Struggles and Social Movements: Contested Identities. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 263-273. ISBN 9780521536080

Does feminism need a conception of civil society?
Phillips, Anne (2002) Does feminism need a conception of civil society? In: Kymlicka, Will and Chambers, Simone, (eds.) Alternative Conceptions of Civil Society. Ethikon series in comparative ethics. Princeton University Press, New Jersey, NJ, pp. 71-89. ISBN 9780691087962

Feminism and the politics of difference. Or, where have all the women gone?
Phillips, Anne (2002) Feminism and the politics of difference. Or, where have all the women gone? In: James, Susan and Palmer, Stephanie, (eds.) Visible Women: Essays on Feminist Legal Theory and Political Philosophy. Hart Publishing, Oxford, pp. 11-28. ISBN 9781841131955

La politique identitaire: faut-il tourner la page?
Phillips, Anne (2002) La politique identitaire: faut-il tourner la page? Cahiers du Genre, 33 . pp. 43-61. ISSN 1165-3558

Multiculturalism, universalism and the claims of democracy
Phillips, Anne (2002) Multiculturalism, universalism and the claims of democracy. In: Molyneux, Maxine and Razavi, Shahra, (eds.) Gender Justice, Development and Rights. Oxford studies in democratization. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 115-140. ISBN 9780199256457

Politics in isolation? Recent developments in political theory
Phillips, Anne (2002) Politics in isolation? Recent developments in political theory. In: Bakan, Abigail B and MacDonald, Eleanor, (eds.) Critical Political Studies: Debates and Dialogues From the Left. McGill-Queen's University Press, Montreal, pp. 350-367. ISBN 9780773522527

Que tiene que ver el socialismo con la igualdad social?
Phillips, Anne (2002) Que tiene que ver el socialismo con la igualdad social? In: Gargarella, R. and Overjero, F., (eds.) Razones Para El Socialismo. Estado y sociedad. Paidos, Barcelona, Spain. ISBN 8449311195

Not as individuals but in pairs
Phillips, Anne (2001) Not as individuals but in pairs. Theory, Culture and Society, 18 (4). pp. 123-127. ISSN 0263-2764

Feminism and liberalism revisited: has Martha Nussbaum got it right?
Phillips, Anne (2001) Feminism and liberalism revisited: has Martha Nussbaum got it right? Constellations, 8 (2). pp. 249-266. ISSN 1351-0487

Representation renewed
Phillips, Anne (2001) Representation renewed. In: Sawer, Mariam and Zappala, Gianna, (eds.) Speaking for the People: Representation in Australian Politics. Melbourne University Press, Australia, pp. 19-35. ISBN 0522849725

Equality, pluralism, universality: current concerns in normative theory
Phillips, Anne (2000) Equality, pluralism, universality: current concerns in normative theory. British Journal of Politics and International Relations, 2 (2). pp. 237-255. ISSN 1369-1481

Feminism and republicanism: is this a plausible alliance?
Phillips, Anne (2000) Feminism and republicanism: is this a plausible alliance? Journal of Political Philosophy, 8 (2). pp. 279-293. ISSN 0963-8016

Närvarons politik
Phillips, Anne (2000) Närvarons politik. Studentlitteratur, Lund, Sweeden. ISBN 91-44-00673-X

Representing difference: why should it matter if women get elected?
Phillips, Anne (2000) Representing difference: why should it matter if women get elected? In: Coote, Anna, (ed.) New Gender Agenda. Institute of public policy research, London, pp. 58-65. ISBN 9781860301209

Second class citizenship
Phillips, Anne (2000) Second class citizenship. In: Pearce, Nick and Hallgarten, Joe, (eds.) Tomorrow's Citizens: Critical Debates in Citizenship and Education. Institute for Public Policy Research, London, U.K.. ISBN 1860300960

Strategies de la difference: politique des idees ou politique de la presence?
Phillips, Anne (1999) Strategies de la difference: politique des idees ou politique de la presence? Mouvements, 3 . pp. 92-101. ISSN 1776-2995

La reppresentanza rinnovata
Phillips, Anne (1999) La reppresentanza rinnovata. In: Bianchi, S., (ed.) Emily: Come Eleggere Piu Donne. Reset. ISBN 8887591032

Which equalities matter?
Phillips, Anne (1999) Which equalities matter? Polity Press, U.K.. ISBN 0745621090

Who needs civil society? A feminist perspective
Phillips, Anne (1999) Who needs civil society? A feminist perspective. Dissent, 46 (1). pp. 56-61. ISSN 0012-3846

Why does local democracy matter?
Phillips, Anne (1999) Why does local democracy matter? In: Pratchett, Lawrence and Wilson, David, (eds.) Local Democracy and Local Government. Government beyond the centre. Macmillan Press in association with CLD Ltd, U.K., pp. 20-37. ISBN 0333664329

The politicisation of difference: does this make for a more tolerant society?
Phillips, Anne (1999) The politicisation of difference: does this make for a more tolerant society? In: Horton, Joanne and Mendus, Susan, (eds.) Toleration, Identity and Difference. St. Martin’s Press, Basingstoke, UK, pp. 126-145. ISBN 9780312218522

Democracy
Phillips, Anne (1998) Democracy. In: Jaggar, Alison M. and Young, Marion, (eds.) A Companion to Feminist Philosophy. Blackwell companions to philosophy. Blackwell, Oxford, U.K., pp. 511-519. ISBN 1557866597

Feminism and politics
Phillips, Anne, ed. (1998) Feminism and politics. Oxford readings in feminism . Oxford University Press, New York, U.S.. ISBN 0198782055

Dealing with difference: a politics of ideas or a politics of presence?
Phillips, Anne (1997) Dealing with difference: a politics of ideas or a politics of presence? In: Goodin, Robert E. and Pettit, Philip, (eds.) Contemporary Political Philosophy: an Anthology. Blackwell philosophy anthologies. Blackwell Publishers, Cambridge, U.K., pp. 174-185. ISBN 1557868417

In defence of secularism
Phillips, Anne (1997) In defence of secularism. In: Modood, Tariq, (ed.) Church, State and Religious Minorities. Policy Studies Institute, London, U.K., pp. 23-30. ISBN 0853747245

What has socialism to do with sexual equality?
Phillips, Anne (1997) What has socialism to do with sexual equality? In: Franklin, Jane, (ed.) Equality. 1860300537. Institute for Public Policy Research, London, U.K. I, pp. 101-121.

Dealing with difference: a politics of ideas, or a politics of presence?
Phillips, Anne (1996) Dealing with difference: a politics of ideas, or a politics of presence? In: Benhabib, Seyla, (ed.) Democracy and Difference : Contesting the Boundaries of the Political. Princeton University Press, Princeton, U.S., pp. 139-154. ISBN 0691044791

Feminism and the attraction of the local
Phillips, Anne (1996) Feminism and the attraction of the local. In: King, Desmond and Stoker, Gerry, (eds.) Rethinking Local Democracy. Government beyond the centre. Macmillan in association with the ESRC local programme, Basingstoke, U.K., pp. 111-129. ISBN 0333638522

Must feminists give up on liberal democracy? [Spanish translation]
Phillips, Anne (1996) Must feminists give up on liberal democracy? [Spanish translation]. In: Castells, Carme, (ed.) Perspectivas Feministas En Teoria Politica. Paidos, Spain. ISBN 8449303397

Why worry about multiculturalism?
Phillips, Anne (1996) Why worry about multiculturalism? Dissent, winter . pp. 57-63. ISSN 0012-3846

Fraternity
Phillips, Anne (1995) Fraternity. In: Brown, Gordon and Wright, Tony, (eds.) Values, Visions and Voices: an Anthology of Socialism. Mainstream, Edinburgh, U.K., pp. 166-170. ISBN 9781851587315

Democracy and difference: Some problems for feminist theory
Phillips, Anne (1995) Democracy and difference: Some problems for feminist theory. In: Kymlicka, Will, (ed.) The Rights of Minority Cultures. Oxford University Press, Oxford, U.K., pp. 288-302. ISBN 0198781008

The politics of presence
Phillips, Anne (1995) The politics of presence. Oxford political theory . Clarendon Press, Oxford, U.K.; New York, U.S., p. 209. ISBN 0198279426

Local democracy: the terms of the debate
Phillips, Anne (1994) Local democracy: the terms of the debate. Commission for local democracy, U.K.. ISBN 1899108106

Comment: Whose community? Which individuals?
Phillips, Anne (1994) Comment: Whose community? Which individuals? In: Miliband, David, (ed.) Reinventing the Left. Polity Press, Cambridge, U.K., pp. 123-128. ISBN 074561390X

Dealing with difference: a politics of ideas or a politics of presence?
Phillips, Anne (1994) Dealing with difference: a politics of ideas or a politics of presence? Constellations, 1 . pp. 88-91. ISSN 1351-0487

Pluralism, solidarity and change
Phillips, Anne (1994) Pluralism, solidarity and change. In: Weeks, Jeffrey, (ed.) The Lesser Evil and the Greater Good : the Theory and Politics of Social Diversity. Rivers Oram Press, London, U.K., pp. 235-252. ISBN 1854890549

Democracy and difference
Phillips, Anne (1993) Democracy and difference. Polity Press, Cambridge, U.K.. ISBN 074561096x

Prospects for democracy: north, south, east, west
Phillips, Anne (1993) Prospects for democracy: north, south, east, west. In: Held, David, (ed.) Prospects for Democracy : North, South, East, West. Polity Press, Cambridge, U.K.. ISBN 0745609880

Must feminists give up on liberal democracy?
Phillips, Anne (1992) Must feminists give up on liberal democracy? Political Studies Review, 40 (1). pp. 68-82. ISSN 1478-9299

Democracy and difference: some problems for feminist theory
Phillips, Anne (1992) Democracy and difference: some problems for feminist theory. Political Quarterly, 63 (1). pp. 79-90. ISSN 1467-923X

Destabilising theory: contemporary feminist debates
Barrett, Michèle I. and Phillips, Anne, eds. (1992) Destabilising theory: contemporary feminist debates. Stanford University Press, Stanford, CA. ISBN 9780804720304

Destabilizing theory: contemporary feminist debates
Barrett, Michèle and Phillips, Anne (1992) Destabilizing theory: contemporary feminist debates. 1st ed., Stanford University Press. ISBN 10: 0804720304

Universal pretensions in political thought
Phillips, Anne (1992) Universal pretensions in political thought. In: Barrett, Michele and Phillips, Anne, (eds.) Destabilizing Theory : Contemporary Feminist Debates. Polity Press, Cambridge, U.K.. ISBN 0745607950

So what's wrong with the individual? Socialism, feminism, equality
Phillips, Anne (1991) So what's wrong with the individual? Socialism, feminism, equality. In: Osborne, P., (ed.) Socialism and the Limits of Liberalism. Verso, New York, U.S., pp. 139-160. ISBN 9780860913269

Citizenship and feminist theory
Phillips, Anne (1991) Citizenship and feminist theory. In: Andrews, G., (ed.) Citizenship. Lawrence & Wishart, pp. 76-88. ISBN 0853157332

Engendering democracy
Phillips, Anne (1991) Engendering democracy. PSU Press Co-published with Polity Press. ISBN 978-0-271-00784-7

The enigma of colonialism: British policy in West Africa
Phillips, Anne (1989) The enigma of colonialism: British policy in West Africa. Currey, London, U.K.. ISBN 0852550251

Fraternidad
Phillips, Anne (1988) Fraternidad. In: Pimlott, Ben, (ed.) Ensayos Fabianos Sobre Pensamiento Socialista. Ediciones de la Revista de Trabajo(23). Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración, Spain. ISBN 8474344603

Divided loyalties: dilemmas of sex and class
Phillips, Anne (1987) Divided loyalties: dilemmas of sex and class. Virago, London, U.K.. ISBN 0860685535

Feminism and equality
Phillips, Anne, ed. (1987) Feminism and equality. Readings in social and political theory . Basil Blackwell, Oxford, U.K.. ISBN 0631155422

Fraternity
Phillips, Anne (1984) Fraternity. In: Pimlott, Ben, (ed.) Fabian Essays in Socialist Thought. Heinemann, London, U.K., pp. 230-241. ISBN 9780435836818

Hidden hands: women and economic policies
Phillips, Anne (1983) Hidden hands: women and economic policies. Arguments for socialism . Pluto Press, London. ISBN 0861045114

Marxism and feminism
Phillips, Anne (1981) Marxism and feminism. In: No Turning Back : Writings From the Women’s Liberation Movement 1975-80. Women’s Press, London, U.K.. ISBN 0704338734

Sex and skill: notes towards a feminist economics
Phillips, Anne and Taylor, Barbara (1980) Sex and skill: notes towards a feminist economics. Feminist Review, 6 . pp. 79-88. ISSN 0141-7789

The concept of 'Development'
Phillips, Anne (1977) The concept of 'Development'. Review of African Political Economy, 4 (8). pp. 7-20. ISSN 0305-6244

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