Gender and Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers / Edition 1

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Overview

This accessible introduction to gender and sexuality theory offers a comprehensive overview and critique of the key contemporary literature and debates in feminism, sexuality studies and men's studies.

Chris Beasley's clear and concise introduction combines a wide-ranging survey of the major theorists and key concepts in an ever-growing and often passionately debated field.

The book contextualizes a wide range of feminist perspectives, including: modernist, liberal, postmodern, queer and gender difference feminism; and in the realm of sexuality studies covers modernist liberationism, social constructionism, transgender theorising and queer theory. In men's studies, Chris Beasley examines areas of debate ranging from gender and masculinity to questions of race, ethnicity, imperialism and gay masculinities. Interconnections between the subfields are highlighted, and Beasley considers the implications of body theory for all three.

Key theorists covered include:

Altman· Brod· Butler · Califia· Carbado· Connell· Dowsett ·Grosz· Halberstam· Hook · Jackson· Jagose· Nussbaum· Rich· Seidman· Spivak· Stoltenberg· Weeks· Whittle· Wolf· Wollstonecraft

The only book of its kind to draw together all the important strands of gender analysis, Gender and Sexuality is a timely and impressive overview that is invaluable to students and academics taking courses on gender and feminist theory, sexuality and masculinity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761969792
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Chris Beasley is Professor in Politics and Co-Director of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender at the University of Adelaide. Dr Beasley primarily teaches in three areas of Political Studies: social and political theory, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural politics. She has been previously been located in Sociology, Women's Studies, Aboriginal Studies and Education. Her books include Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice (with Heather Brook and Mary Holmes, Routledge, 2012), Engaging with Carol Bacchi (edited with Angelique Bletsas, University of Adelaide Press, 2012), Gender & Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers (SAGE, 2005), What is Feminism? (Sage, 1999) and Sexual Economyths (Allen & Unwin, 1994).

She is currently writing a book on contemporary popular film titled The Cultural Politics of Popular Film: Power, Culture and Society (with Heather Brook, Manchester UP) and preparing another book, Internet Dating (with Mary Holmes, Routledge). Dr Beasley is also engaged in several research projects, including critical thinking in the first year university experience, embodied ethics and revaluing care, innovations in heterosexuality and hetero-masculinity.

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Table of Contents

PART 1: GENDER/FEMINIST STUDIES
Gender and Feminism
An Overview
Modernist Emancipatory Feminism
Liberal Feminism-Wollstonecraft to Wolf
Liberal Feminism: Nussbaum
Gender Difference Feminism
'Women-centred' Identity Politics to Sexual Difference-Rich to Grosz
Postmodern Psychoanalytic Feminism
Sexual Difference
Differences
Feminism and 'Race'/Ethnicity/Imperialism (REI)- Hooks to Spivak
REI Feminism
Hooks
Postmodern Feminism
Butler
Queering Gender/Queer Feminism
Butler, Whittle
PART TWO: SEXUALITY STUDIES
Sexuality Studies
An Overview
Modernist Liberationism
Altman
Social Constructionism
Jackson, Weeks
Social Constructionism
Weeks
Transgender Theorising
Califia
Queer Theory
Jagose, Seidman
PART THREE: GENDER/MASCULINITY STUDIES
Gender and Masculinity Studies
An Overview
Gender, Masculinity/Men's Studies and Feminism
Brod
Radical Pro-Feminism
Between Gender Difference and Categorical Social Constructionism -Stoltenberg
Differences
Race/Ethnicity/Imperialism and Gay masculinities-Dowsett, Carbado
Socialist Pro-Feminism and Relational Social Constructionism-Connell
Queer(ing) Masculinity Studies
Female Masculinity-Halberstam

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