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It can be said that the state is a category of abstraction that is too aggregative too unitary and too unspecific to be of much use in addressing the disaggregated diverse and specific or local sites that must be of most pressing concern to feminists Allen 1990 The difficulty of any theory of the state is an obvious one The state is a generalization that is constantly shifting and redefining itself and the power paradigms that exist within it Therefore it is difficult to agree on an identifiable spatial and conceptual vision of what the state is Such are some of the obstacles that the many streams of feminism have had to contend with when theorising about the state It is conceptually understandable that there are so many diverse and often conflicting theories of state presented by feminism especially considering not only the heterogeneity of feminism but also the abstract nature of the state and the paradigms of power and its distribution When comparing and contrasting the different feminist theories of the state the following traditional classifications of feminism will be examined 1 Marxistsocialist feminism which presents theories of state structured within the framework of methods of production capitalist domination and exploitation of women and existing class structures 2 liberal feminism with its quest for equality by not questioning the present power system and working within it to bring women into full participation with men van Acker 1999 3 radical feminism and its total rejection of the state as a patriarchal collection of institutions that must be overthrown before the liberation of women can be complete and 4 the post-structural feminism with their efforts to create new discourses that are not essentially male or masculine through language and the realisation that the state is in a constant state of flux that can be changed How effective these theories are in understanding the power structures within the state will revolve around a few questions how
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