Controversy and Coalition: The Feminist Movement Across Three Decades of Change

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In this extensively revised and expanded edition of their highly-praised 1985 volume, Myra Marx Ferree and Beth B. Hess trace three decades of struggle and change wrought by the New Feminist Movement. Contemporary feminism has indelibly and irrevocably transformed American culture, institutional structures and practices, and the consciousness of individual women and men. Whether or not openly acknowledged, a majority of American women support the goals of this most broad-based and far-reaching social movement. ...
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In this extensively revised and expanded edition of their highly-praised 1985 volume, Myra Marx Ferree and Beth B. Hess trace three decades of struggle and change wrought by the New Feminist Movement. Contemporary feminism has indelibly and irrevocably transformed American culture, institutional structures and practices, and the consciousness of individual women and men. Whether or not openly acknowledged, a majority of American women support the goals of this most broad-based and far-reaching social movement. The authors trace the rise of contemporary feminism, noting its ties to the earlier suffrage movement, its grounding in historical changes since the 1920s, and the particular conditions of its emergence in the 1960s. Ferree and Hess describe the diversity of its multiple constituencies and ideological positions, tracing numerous areas of conflict as well as consolidation, as both the movement and its external environment change over the decades. Internal dissension and encounters with a powerful backlash movement have shaped the new feminism in directions only dimly envisaged in the 1960s, yet of profound significance for the future. In the light of these developments, each chapter has been reconceptualized and rewritten, and two new ones added to cover the period from 1982 to the present. The volume closes with an assessment of the achievements of the New Feminist Movement, its strengths and failures, and the potential for further changes in the new millennium. Complementing the book's eight chapters are photographs and tables, as well as a selected bibliography and a new feature - a chronology of major events in the history of American feminism over the past three decades. This new and expanded edition of Controversy and Coalition should enjoy wide appeal among students in the fields of gender studies, social movements, sociology, and political science.
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Library Journal
Sociologists Ferree and Hess have substantially revised their 1985 work (G.K. Hall) by incorporating new research and updating statistics. The bibliography has doubled in size, and a useful chronology of the new feminist movement from 1963 to early 1993 has been appended. After setting the historical context, the authors describe at length the three most recent decades of the women's movement. They also document the many strands of feminism, the internal tensions, and the cooperative interaction among women's organizations. Despite well-publicized resistance to feminism (including anti-ERA and antiabortion sentiments and the feminist backlash) and the work left to be done before equity is achieved, the authors remain optimistic about the future and confident that the women's movement will continue to evolve and effect change in public policy. An important work for public and academic libraries.-Patricia A. Beaber, Trenton State Coll. Lib., N.J.
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Provides an overview of the American women's movement from the 1960s to the 1990s. Ferree (sociology, women's studies, U. of Connecticut) and Hess (sociology, County College of Morris) describe the diversity of contemporary feminism's multiple constituencies and ideological positions, tracing areas of conflict and consolidation. This revised edition features new chapters covering the period from 1982 to the present, and closes with an assessment of the achievements of the New Feminist Movement and the potential for further changes in the new millennium. Includes numerous b&w photos and a chronology of major events. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805738827
  • Publisher: Cengage Gale
  • Publication date: 8/28/1994
  • Series: Social Movements past and Present Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.39 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
1 Setting the Stage 1
2 Ideas, Ideals, and Ideology 25
3 Reemergence of a Feminist Movement, 1963-72 53
4 Dilemmas of Growth: The Promise of Diversity 77
5 Feminist Organizations in Transition, 1973-82 101
6 Interest Group Politics: Triumphs and Tensions, 1973-82 129
7 Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Defending Gains, 1983-92 159
8 Looking toward the New Millennium 195
Chronology 221
Bibliography 233
Index 269
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