Women's Realities, Women's Choices: An Introduction to Women's Studies

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The publication of Women's Realities, Women's Choices— the first interdisciplinary text for an introductory course in women's studies—marks the coming of age of the field of women's studies. The result of a collective effort to devise a course that transcends the traditional academic boundaries, this text is completely interdisciplinary in approach. It incorporates research from all the major disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, medicine, and political science; covers the development of women from the ...

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Overview

The publication of Women's Realities, Women's Choices— the first interdisciplinary text for an introductory course in women's studies—marks the coming of age of the field of women's studies. The result of a collective effort to devise a course that transcends the traditional academic boundaries, this text is completely interdisciplinary in approach. It incorporates research from all the major disciplines, including psychology, philosophy, medicine, and political science; covers the development of women from the classical period to the present day; and provides an accessible, scholarly text for the field of women's studies. While the central goal of this text is to introduce students to the research and theories that are of current interest to women's studies scholars, the text also addresses a wide range of controversial topics relating to sexism, such as racism, homophobia, and class conflict.

Introduces students to current research and theories in the field, and also addresses a broad range of controversial issues.

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"The book is well researched and has a rich bibliography with each chapter, as well as interesting questions for discussion."--Winifred Whelan, St. Bonaventure University

"Excellent! Any quick, easy commentary belittles the quality of this reader. This is very good."--T.M. Kluz, Auburn University

Praise for the previous edition:

"By far the finest text for Women's Studies I have seen....A balanced, reasonable, comprehensive and academically sound review."--M. Joanne Fisher, Loyola Marymount University

"I don't ever recall being so impressed by a text."--Judith Gerson, Rutgers University

"Far superior to any of the other texts in current use for Introduction to Women's Studies courses."--Marilyn Skinner, Northern Illinois University

"An excellent text. The comprehensive coverage of all aspects of women's lives reflects the authors' wide range and depth of knowledge on current issues of importance."--Susan D. Bachrach, Queens College

"A work of thorough, thoughtful and thought-provoking scholarship."--New Directions for Women

"Makes a vast amount of valuable information accessible to introductory level students. The photographs are superb and powerful."--Roseanne Hoetel, Alma College

"Fine introduction to Women's Studies, as well as background in the interdisciplinary areas."--Ellen Glascock, St. Francis College

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195032284
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1983
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword to the third edition
1 Imagery and symbolism in the definition of women 19
2 Ideas and theories about women 48
3 Women's bodies 78
4 Women's personalities 104
5 Diversity among women : gender, race, and class 138
6 Daughters and sisters 171
7 Family configurations : wives, partners, alternatives 198
8 Motherhood 230
9 Women and religion 267
10 Women and education 303
11 Women's health 340
12 Women and work 376
13 Women and political power 413
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