Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics / Edition 4

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In Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics, Fourth Edition, internationally renowned feminist Judith Lorber examines various, evolving theories of gender inequality. Tightly structured around Lorber's own paradigm of "reform, resistance, rebellion," this combination text/reader acknowledges feminism's significant contributions to redressing gender inequality and celebrates its enormous accomplishments over the last forty years. It also documents feminism's ongoing political activism, and, with an awareness of postmodern and third-wave trends, points toward its future.

Significantly rewritten, reorganized, and updated, the fourth edition features seventeen new readings and new sections on feminism in China, India, South Korea, and Japan. In addition, the bulleted lists that introduce each type of feminism now include a critique as well as that particular feminism's theories on the sources of gender inequality, its politics, and its contributions.

An accessible, engaging classic written by one of sociology's first feminists, Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics, Fourth Edition, is an ideal undergraduate and graduate text for courses in introductory feminism, feminist theory, and women's studies.

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Editorial Reviews

In order to address the latest debates over nature vs. nurture, Lorber (City U. of New York, Brooklyn) has expanded the first edition of her reader on feminism to include readings under a new section titled "feminist theories of the body". All of the readings are chosen and arranged for the undergraduate student; each section includes a bullet-listed overview, Lorber's often lengthy summary of the topic, the readings themselves (all reprinted from other sources; none longer than eight pages); and a bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher

"Gender Inequality provides an excellent overview of feminist theories that are often given short shrift in other texts. "--Susan Farrell, Kingsborough Community College

"The best book out there for exposing students to the nuances of feminist theory."--Dana Berkowitz, Louisiana State University

"The pedagogy is outstanding!"--Jane Prather, California State University, Northridge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195375220
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Lorber is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women's Studies at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Breaking the Bowls: Degendering and Feminist Change (2005), Paradoxes of Gender (1994), numerous articles on gender and on women in healthcare, and coauthor of Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives (OUP, 2006) and Gender and the Social Construction of Illness (2002).

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Feminisms and Their Contributions to Gender Equality 1

Part I Gender Reform Feminisms 21

1 Liberal Feminism 25

A Theory of Female Subordination Cynthia Fuchs Epstein 27

Integrating Family and Work in the 21st Century Jerry A. Jacobs Kathleen Gerson 36

2 Marxist Feminism 46

Theorizing Racial and Gendered Class Joan Acker 48

Gender, Race, and Citizenship Evelyn Nakano Glenn 56

3 Socialist Feminism 70

Gender and Complex Inequality Leslie McCall 72

The Invisible Heart Nancy Folbre 77

4 Postcolonial and Asian Feminism 86

Under Western Eyes at the Turn of the Century Chandra Talpada Mohanty 90

Climbing the Pyramids of Power Rae Lesser Blumberg 98

Part II Gender Resistance Feminisms 117

5 Radical Feminism 121

Redstockings Manifesto Redstockings 123

Goodbye to All That (#2) Robin Morgan 127

6 Lesbian Feminism 142

Decentering Lesbian Feminism Arlene Stein 145

Lipstick or Timberlands? Gender Presentation in Black Lesbian Communities Mignon R. Moore 149

7 Psychoanalytic Feminism 159

Freud and Feminism Nancy J. Chodorow 161

The Laugh of the Medusa Hélène Cixous 166

8 Standpoint Feminism 173

Women's Standpoint: Embodied Knowledge versus the Ruling Relations Dorothy E. Smith 175

Gendered Standpoints on Nature Sandra Harding 182

Part III Gender Rebellion Feminisms 193

9 Multiracial/Multiethnic Feminism 197

Black Feminism, Knowledge, and Power Patricia Hill Collins 200

Nego-Feminism Obioma Nnaemeka 206

10 Feminist Studies of Men 215

Hegemonic Masculinity R.W. Connell James W. Messerschmidt 218

Gender, Class, and Terrorism Michael S. Kimmel 229

11 Social Construction Feminism 243

Gender as a SocialStructure Barbara J. Risman 252

Imagining a World without Gender Judith Lorber 258

12 Postmodern Feminism and Queer Theory 267

Gender, Sex, and Sexual Performativity Judith Butler 270

Thinking about Drag as Social Protest Leila J. Rupp Verta Taylor 273

13 Third-Wave Feminism 282

Sisters vs. Daughters Astrid Henry 284

Third-Wave Black Feminism? Kimberly Springer 293

Do We Have a New Feminism? 303

Glossary 315

Index 319

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