Introducing Contemporary Feminist Thought

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This introductory textbook offers a concise and lucid account of the main developments in contemporary feminist thinking, and demonstrates the centrality of feminist thought to all areas of intellectual enquiry.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Evans argues that most accounts of the world since the Enlightenment have been constructed in terms of a distinction between the public and the private which excluded women. Using both historical and more recent examples, she examines the ...

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Overview

This introductory textbook offers a concise and lucid account of the main developments in contemporary feminist thinking, and demonstrates the centrality of feminist thought to all areas of intellectual enquiry.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Evans argues that most accounts of the world since the Enlightenment have been constructed in terms of a distinction between the public and the private which excluded women. Using both historical and more recent examples, she examines the breadth and complexity of feminist thinking, focusing on key themes such as the body, representation, engendering knowledge, and the relationship between women and the state.

Evans argues that feminist thought seeks less to add to existing theory than to re-theorize the social and symbolic worlds; no contemporary account of these worlds, she suggests, is complete without a discussion of the implications of gender difference.

This book offers a clear and coherent guide to contemporary feminism for students of women's studies, gender studies, sociology, social theory and literary theory.

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"This is a compelling and elegantly written book, focusing on themain areas of feminist thinking from the early 1970s up to thepresent day. Mary Evans departs from other writing on feministthought, by avoiding sterile debates which categorize feminism intodifferent perspectives. Instead, she charts the changing nature offeminist ideas into a number of key themes, demonstrating boththeir wide-ranging and interdisciplinary character. The book showshow feminism has been a simultaneously destabilizing and creativeforce in intellectual and political life, arguing that it holdsrich possibilities for rethinking our social worlds. IntroducingContemporary Feminist Thought is at the cutting edge offeminist work in the area and will be crucial reading for thosewishing to understand contemporary debates and how they haveevolved historically." Mary Maynard, The University of York

"Mary Evans has provided a wide-ranging interdisciplinary snapshotof the history of western feminism over the last twenty years. Shedraws on a wealth of sources and locates many of the texts thatwere influential in western feminism in their historical context.As such, the book will be a useful addition to the range of textsavailable for the beginning student of women's studies." Women'sPhilosophy Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745614762
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/15/1991
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Evans is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1. Enter Women.

2. Public and Private: Women and the State.

3. Engendering Knowledge.

4. Representation.

5. The Body.

6. Feminism and the Academy.

7. Worlds of Difference?.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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