Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction, Third Edition / Edition 3

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A clear, comprehensive, and indispensable introduction to the major traditions of feminist theory, Feminist Thought includes incisive, critical examinations of liberal feminism, radical feminism, Marxist and socialist feminism, and ecofeminism. This third edition has been thoroughly reformulated and expanded to include the latest developments in feminist thought, including a new chapter on care-focused feminism (Chapter 5), an exploration of the connections of multicultural and global feminism with postcolonial feminism (Chapter 6), and a close consideration of the links between postmodern feminism and third-wave feminism (Chapter 8). Key feminist theorists such as Judith Butler, Martha Nussbaum, and Eva Feder Kittay receive new or extended discussions. The bibliography, organized by topics within chapters, provides an invaluable aid to further research.

An illuminating guide to the diversity of feminism, Feminist Thought continues to serve as the essential resource for students and thinkers who want to understand the theoretical origins and complexities of contemporary feminist debates.


Introduction: The Diversity of Feminist Thinking
1. Liberal Feminism
2. Radical Feminism: Libertarian and Cultural Perspectives
3. Marxist and Socialist Feminism: Classical and Contemporary
4. Psychoanalytic Feminism
5. Care-focused Feminism
6. Multicultural, Global, and Postcolonial Feminism
7. Ecofeminism
8. Postmodern and Third-wave Feminism
Conclusion: Margins and Centers

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"No other work gives one such a sense of the scope and substance of the major traditions of feminist theory. This richly transformed new edition of Feminist Thought is an indispensable resource for those who want to understand the theoretical origins and complexities of contemporary feminist debates. Tong’s comprehensive understanding of feminist theory enabled her to craft an indispensable overview that clearly illustrates the challenges as well as the promises of the range of approaches, perspectives, and frameworks that comprise feminist efforts to identify sources of oppression and transform women’s status as the 'second sex.'"
—Nancy Tuana, Penn State University

"The third edition of Feminist Thought is an invaluable guide to all scholars and students of feminist theories. It provides a comprehensive overview of the richly diverse set of perspectives that guide feminist theory and action. Rosemarie Tong is generous, respectful, and even-handed in her clear and eloquent presentation of the strengths of each perspective, while providing fair but challenging criticism of its limitations. This edition improves on its excellent predecessors by being more comprehensive, more persuasive in its categorization of several theorists, and more helpful in understanding the relations among multicultural, global, and postcolonial feminist approaches. It is an essential resource for anyone seeking to engage with feminist theory."
—Susan Sherwin, Dalhousie University

"The best introduction to feminist theory is now even better! Rewritten with substantially new chapters on multicultural, global, and postcolonial feminism, care-focused feminist thought, psychoanalytic feminism, and contemporary socialist feminist theory, this new edition of Feminist Thought provides an updated account of the rich traditions of feminist thought and brings them more fully into dialogue on behalf of future possibilities. Current, crystal clear, comprehensive, and critical: It is indispensable for both beginning students and more advanced readers."
—John J. Stuhr, Emory University

"As in previous editions, Rosemarie Tong helps us understand better what we thought we knew, provides us with an easy entry into new perspectives we would like to know more about, and weaves it all together into a beautiful quilt she calls Feminist Thought. Just what is needed for teachers and students!"
—James P. Sterba, co-author of Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813343754
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 8/4/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 764,002
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Rosemarie Tong is distinguished professor of healthcare ethics in the department of philosophy and director of the Center for Professional Applied Ethics at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Internationally recognized for her contributions to feminist thought and bioethics, Dr. Tong is past coordinator of the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, recent past Chair of the Committee on the Status of Women for the American Philosophical Association, and executive board member of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Among her many publications are New Perspectives in Health Care Ethics: An Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Approach (2006) and Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (Westview Press).
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Table of Contents

Introduction The Diversity of Feminist Thinking

1 Liberal Feminism

Conceptual Roots of Liberal Feminist Thought and Action

Eighteenth-Century Thought: Equal Education

Nineteenth-Century Thought: Equal Liberty

Nineteenth-Century Action: The Suffrage

Twentieth-Century Action: Equal Rights

Twentieth-Century Thought: Sameness Versus Difference

Contemporary Directions in Liberal Feminism

Critiques of Liberal Feminism

2 Radical Feminism: Libertarian and Cultural Perspectives

Libertarian and Cultural Views on the Sex/Gender System

Some Libertarian Views on Gender

Some Cultural Views on Gender

Sexuality, Male Domination, and Female Subordination

The Pornography Debate

The Lesbianism Controversy

Reproduction, Men, and Women

Libertarian and Cultural Views on Mothering

Critiques of Radical-Libertarian and Radical-Cultural Feminism

3 Marxist and Socialist Feminism: Classical and Contemporary

Some Marxist Concepts and Theories

Classical Marxist Feminism: General Reflections

Contemporary Socialist Feminism: General Reflections

Women's Labor Issues

Critiques of Marxist and Socialist Feminism

4 Psychoanalytic Feminism

Sigmund Freud

Feminist Critiques of Freud

Early Feminist Appropriations of Freud

Later Feminist Appropriations of Freud

Psychoanalytic Feminism: General Reflections

5 Care-Focused Feminism

The Roots of Care-Focused Feminism

Maternal Ethics and the Ethics of Care

6 Multicultural, Global, and Postcolonial Feminism

Multicultural Feminism: General Reflections

Roots of Multicultural Feminism in the United States

Interlocking Sources of Women's Oppression

Conceptual Challengesfor Multicultural Feminism

Global and Postcolonial Feminism: General Reflections

Diversity and Commonality

Sexual/Reproductive Issues Versus Economic Issues

Knowing When to Respect Women's Culture

7 Ecofeminism

Some Roots of Ecofeminism

Ecofeminism: New Philosophy or Ancient Wisdom?

Tensions in Nature: Ecofeminist Thought

Spiritual Ecofeminism

Transformative Ecofeminism

Global Ecofeminism

Critiques of Ecofeminism

8 Postmodem and Third-Wave Feminism

Postmodernism/Postmodern Feminism: Keynotes

Critique of Postmodern Feminism

Third-Wave Feminism

Critique of Third-Wave Feminism




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