Feminist Theory: A Reader / Edition 3

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Feminist Theory: A Reader represents the history, intellectual breadth, and diversity of feminist theory. The selections are organized into five historical periods from the 18th century to the early-2000s and include key feminist manifestoes to help readers see the link between feminist theory and application. The collection presents feminist thought, from its inception, as the province of women of different races, classes, nationalities, and sexualities in order to demonstrate the continuity in feminist theory discussions. A lexicon of the debates - clear, concise explanations of twelve key concepts that characterize the development of feminist thought since its inception - provides a vocabulary of important feminist theory terms and puts that vocabulary in context.
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Readings outline the evolution of feminist thought from the 18th century to the 1990s, introducing students to the history, intellectual scope, and cultural diversity of feminist theory. They offer diverse perspectives, presenting feminist theory developed within Anglo-American colleges as well as texts from non-Anglo Americans and examples of feminist theorizing outside academia. Key feminist manifestos demonstrate the crucial link between feminist theory and application. A lexicon gives concise definitions of 12 key concepts. Lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780073512266
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Higher Education
  • Publication date: 7/6/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Reading feminist theory 2
1 Feminism 7
2 Womanist 11
3 Not by degrees : feminist theory and education 12
4 Poetry is not a luxury 15
5 Have we got a theory for you! : feminist theory, cultural imperialism and the demand for 'the woman's voice' 17
6 What is feminism? 27
7 Theory as liberatory practice 36
Lexicon of the debates 42
Bodies 42
Epistemologies 45
Essentialism/social construction/difference 47
Intersections of race, class, and gender 49
Language 50
Power 52
Psychoanalysis in/and feminism 53
Sexual division of labor 55
Sexualities 56
"Third world"/global feminism 58
1792-1920 : introduction 62
8 The changing woman (Navajo origin myth) 64
9 Chapters II, VII, and XIII from A vindication of the rights of woman 64
10 Letter VIII from Letters on the equality of the sexes and the condition of women 69
11 Declaration of sentiments 71
12 Enfranchisement of women 74
13 Ain't I a woman 79
14 Keep the thing going while things are stirring 79
15 Chapters 2 & 4 from The subjection of women 80
16 Letter to my countrywomen, dwelling in the farmsteads and cottages of England 86
17 Speech after arrest for illegal voting 91
18 The elixir of life; or, why do we die? 95
19 Why I became a 'woman's-rights man 98
20 From The origin of the family, private property and the state 100
21 The status of woman in America 102
22 Solitude of self 106
23 Chapters VII and XIV from Women and economics : a study of the economic relation between men and women as a factor in social evolution 110
24 From The progress of colored women 114
25 Lynching and the excuse for it 117
26 The traffic in women 120
27 Girl slaves of the milwaukee breweries 124
28 Working woman and mother 126
29 Now we can begin 130
1920-1963 : introduction 136
30 Birth control - a parents' problem or woman's? 138
31 Southern Negro women and race cooperation 140
32 Studies in feminine inversion 142
33 Womanliness as a masquerade 146
34 Chapters 2, 5, and 6 from A room of one's own 149
35 The dread of woman : observations on a specific difference in the dread felt by men and by women respectively for the opposite sex 154
36 Sex and temperament 157
37 The haunting idea : its nature and origin 162
38 A comparative study : accentuating the similarities of the societal position of women and Negroes 169
39 Josie takes the stand 172
40 Introduction and chapter 12 from The second sex 175
41 A woman's place 187
1963-1975 : introduction 196
42 The problem that has no name 198
43 The system at war with itself 203
44 Statement of purpose 211
45 The BITCH manifesto 213
46 Theory of sexual politics 218
47 Redstockings manifesto 220
48 An argument for black women's liberation as a revolutionary force 222
49 From The dialectic of sex 224
50 The myth of the vaginal orgasm 227
51 The liberation of black women 232
52 The woman-identified woman 239
53 Why OWL (older women's liberation)? 242
54 Is female to male as nature is to culture? 243
55 Not for lesbians only 252
56 The laugh of the Medusa 256
57 From Language and woman's place 262
58 Conclusion : women's liberation in Muslim countries 268
59 The traffic in women : notes on the 'political economy' of sex 273
1975-1985 : introduction 290
60 For a materialist feminism 292
61 Visual pleasure and narrative cinema 296
62 Chicana feminism 302
63 What became of God the mother? : conflicting images of God in early Christianity 305
64 A black feminist statement 311
65 From This sex which is not one 317
66 The sexual sociology of adult life 322
67 The metapatriarchal journey of exorcism and ecstasy 328
68 Some reflections on separatism and power 332
69 Age, race, class, and sex : women redefining difference 338
70 The straight mind 343
71 Compulsory heterosexuality and lesbian existence 347
72 The unhappy marriage of Marxism and feminism : towards a more progressive union 356
73 Asian Pacific American women and feminism 365
74 Concepts of self and morality 368
75 Under western eyes : feminist scholarship and colonial discourses 372
1985-1995 : introduction 382
76 A cyborg manifesto : science, technology, and socialist-feminism in the late twentieth century 384
77 Kochinnenako in academe : three approaches to interpreting a Keres Indian tale 394
78 From the woman question in science to the science question in feminism 404
79 Jewish memory from a feminist perspective 413
80 La Conciencia de la Mestiza : towards a new consciousness 420
81 Cultural feminism versus post-structuralism : the identity crisis in feminist theory 426
82 Does a sex have a history? 437
83 Deconstructing equality-versus-difference; or, the uses of poststructuralist theory for feminism 446
84 The 'risk' of essence 455
85 Feminism : a transformational politic 464
86 The ecology of feminism and the feminism of ecology 469
87 Sexuality 475
88 The theoretical subject(s) of This bridge called my back and Anglo-American feminism 488
89 From Gender trouble : feminism and the subversion of identity 496
90 From Black feminist thought 504
91 Outcast mothers and surrogates : racism and reproductive politics in the nineties 509
92 Making gender visible in the pursuit of nature's secrets 515
93 The Beijing declaration and platform for action 521
94 Mothers of our nations : indigenous women address the world 525
1995-2003 : introduction 530
95 Riot grrrl philosophy : revolutions from within 532
96 Intersectionality and identity politics : learning from violence against women of color 533
97 Contesting cultures : 'westernization,' respect for cultures, and third-world feminists 542
98 Transgender butch : butch/FTM border wars and the masculine continuum 550
99 Decisions, decisions, decisions 561
100 Third wave manifesta 568
101 Global identities : theorizing transnational studies of sexuality 569
102 Integrating disability, transforming feminist theory 575
103 Meta(I)morphoses : the becoming machine 586
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