Gender Studies: Terms and Debates

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This book provides an accessible and interdisciplinary introduction to current debates on gender, exploring the major theorists whose work has produced and inspired feminist analysis in women's/gender studies, cultural studies, and sociology. By clarifying and explaining the concepts of gender analysis and by demonstrating ways of working with these concepts, the authors involve the readers directly in the reading process and leave them feeling empowered. Accessible introductions to the work of major theorists help to give difficult concepts a context and the theory is related back to practice and to related fields such as class and race analysis throughout.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780333776124
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.54 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Cranny-Francis is Associate Professor in English and Cultural Studies, Wendy Waring is Director of the Institute for Women's Studies, Pam Stavropolous lectures in the Department of Politics, and Joan Kirkby is Associate Professor in Critical and Cultural Studies, all at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Ways of Talking 1
Gender 1
Sex 4
Sexuality 7
The Modern Subject 9
Institution 13
Patriarchy 14
Heterosexuality 17
Homosexual 20
Homosexuality 23
Lesbian 26
Gay 29
Identity 33
Experience 36
Ch. 2 Ways of Thinking 42
Models of Subjectivity 43
The Linguistic Subject 45
Gender and Subjectivity 49
Psychoanalysis and Gender 50
More Than One Freud 53
Rethinking Gender: Feminisms and Identity 55
The Question of Identity Politics 55
Difference 59
Psychoanalysis and the Other 61
The Other Within 62
Lacan's 'Lack' and the Power of the Phallus 63
Critiques of 'The Phallus' 64
Julia Kristeva and Abjection 65
Difference and Power 65
Partial Identities and Provisional Positions 68
Feminist Standpoint Theory 69
Fractured Identities 71
Cyborg Feminism 71
Queer (Non) Identities 74
Bisexual Identities 78
Masculine Identities: The Men's Movement and Men's Studies 79
Embodiment 83
Ch. 3 Ways of Reading 89
Text 89
Texts, Bodies and Identity 91
Discourse 92
Analysing Gendered Discourse 96
Texts as Engendering Practices 100
Analysing Textual Practice 105
Genre 106
Complexity and Disjunction 109
Complex and Diverse Readers 112
Ways of Reading 114
Mainstream or Compliant Reading 115
Resistant Reading 117
Resisting the Text 118
Rewriting the Text 122
Rewriting the Reading 126
Tactical Reading or 'Textual Poaching' 129
Ch. 4 Ways of Seeing 139
Stereotypes 140
Inequalities of Power and Access 142
Examples of Stereotypes 143
Stereotypes in Conflict 145
The Ormond College Case 146
The Hill/Thomas Case 147
Resisting Stereotypes 148
Stereotype Reversal 148
Identification 150
Narcissism 152
The Other in the Self 153
Introjection and Projection 154
Lacan and the Mirror Stage 155
Fashion Photography and Sexuality 156
Julia Kristeva and the Semiotic 157
Going to the Movies 159
The Gaze 159
Voyeurism, Sadism and Fetishism 160
Sexual Difference and Visual Pleasure 161
Feminism and Film-Making 162
The Woman as Spectator 162
Femininity and Masculinity as Masquerade 167
Challenging the Gendered Gaze: Transvestism to Posttranssexualism 169
Queering the Gaze 174
Ch. 5 Ways of Being 178
Introduction 178
Bodies of Knowledge 179
Who Knows ...? 182
The Gendered Learner 182
Feminist Critiques of the Disembodied Knower 183
Doctored Bodies 187
Biopower: Control of the Body, Control of the Species 188
The Deployment of Sexuality 190
Challenging Reproductive Technologies 192
Cocaine Mothers and Crack Babies 194
New Bodies 196
Fashioning Bodies 197
Femininity, Masculinity and Fashion 197
Born to Shop! 199
The Freedom Bin 200
Fashions of the Body 201
Plastic Bodies 202
The Body of the Law 205
The Hysterical Body 209
Gendered Bodies in Space 211
Marked Bodies 218
Hybrid Bodies 219
Ch. 6 Ways of Living 223
Where the Structural and the Psychic Meet: Gendered Labour and the Politics of Work 223
Home is Where the Heart Is?: The Gendered Politics of Intimacy 231
Sexual Space, Citizenship and Democracy 237
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Negotiation of Gender Duality in Young Children 243
Ch. 7 Conclusions 249
Bibliography 253
Index 270
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