Third Wave Feminism / Edition 1

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Overview

This timely, thoughtful and provocative collection explores the current period in feminism, known by many as the "third wave". Four sections—genealogies, sex and gender, popular culture, and challenges—interrogate the wave metaphor and, through questioning the generational account of feminism, move feminist theory beyond the present impasse between modernism and postmodernism and indicate possible future trajectories for the feminist movement.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403918215
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Stacy Gillis is a Junior Research Fellow in Cyberculture at the University of Exeter.

Gillian Howie is a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool and Director of the Institute for Feminist Theory and Research.

Rebecca Munford is a Teaching Fellow in the School of English at the University of Exeter.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii
Notes on Contributors ix
• Introduction 1
Stacy Gillis, Gillian Howie and Rebecca Munford
Part I Genealogies
Introduction: Genealogies 9
Jane Spencer
1 'It's All About the Benjamins': Economic Determinants
• of Third Wave Feminism in the United States 13
Leslie Heywood and Jennifer Drake
2 Contests for the Meaning of Third Wave Feminism:
• Feminism and Popular Consciousness 24
Ednie Kaeh Garrison
3 Feminist Dissonance: The Logic of Late Feminism 37
Gillian Howie and Ashley Tauchert
4 'Feminists Love a Utopia': Collaboration, Conflict, and
• the Futures of Feminism 49
Lise Shapiro Sanders
5 Interview with Elaine Showalter 60
Stacy Gillis and Rebecca Munford
Part II Sex and Gender
Introduction: Sex and Gender 67
Margrit Shildrick
6 Kristeva and the Trans-missions of the Intertext:
• Signs, Mothers and Speaking in Tongues 72
Mary Orr
7 On the Genealogy of Women: A Defence of
• Anti-Essentialism 85
Alison Stone
vi Contents
8 'You're Not One of Those Boring Masculinists, Are You?'
• The Question of Male-Embodied Feminism 97
Andrew Shail
9 Finding Ourselves: Postmodern Identities and the
• Transgender Movement 110
Edward Davies
10 Qu(e)erying Pornography: Contesting Identity
• Politics in Feminism 122
Wendy O'Brien
Part III Popular Culture
Introduction: Popular Culture 137
Pamela Church Gibson
11 'Wake Up and Smell the Lipgloss': Gender, Generation and
• the (A)politics of Girl Power 142
Rebecca Munford
12 (Un)fashionable Feminists: The Media and Ally McBeal 154
Kristyn Gorton
13 'Kicking Ass is Comfort Food': Buffy as Third
• Wave Feminist Icon 164
Patricia Pender
14 'Wham! Bam! Thank You Ma'am!': The New
• Public/Private Female Action Hero 175
Cristina Lucia Stasia
15 Neither Cyborg Nor Goddess: The (Im)Possibilities
• of Cyberfeminism 185
Stacy Gillis
Part IV Challenges
Introduction: Challenges 199
Nicole Ward Jouve
16 Wa(i)ving it All Away: Producing Subject and Knowledge
• in Feminisms of Colour 205
Mridula Nath Chakraborty
17 Muslim Feminism in the Third Wave:
• A Reflective Inquiry 216
Sherin Saadallah
• Contents
vii
• 18 Ecofeminism as Third Wave Feminism? Essentialism,
• Activism and the Academy 227
Niamh Moore
19 What Happened to Global Sisterhood? Writing and
• Reading 'the' Postcolonial Woman 240
Denise deCaires Narain
20 Global Feminisms, Transnational Political Economies,
• Third World Cultural Production 252
Winifred Woodhull
• Name Index
263
Subject Index 264

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