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Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives / Edition 4

Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives / Edition 4

by Carole McCann, Seung-kyung Kim


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Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives / Edition 4

The fourth edition of the Feminist Theory Reader continues to challenge readers to rethink the complex meanings of difference outside of contemporary Western feminist contexts. This new edition contains a new subsection on intersectionality. New readings turn readers’ attention to current debates about violence against women, sex work, care work, transfeminisms, and postfeminism. The fourth edition also continues to expand the diverse voices of transnational feminist scholars throughout, with particular attention to questions of class.

Introductory essays at the beginning of each section bring the readings together, provide historical and intellectual context, and point to critical additional readings. Five core theoretical concepts—gender, difference, women’s experiences, the personal is political, and intersectionality—anchor the anthology’s organizational framework. New to this edition, text boxes in the introductory essays add excerpts from the writings of foundational theorists that help define important theoretical concepts, and content by Dorothy Sue Cobble, Cathy Cohen, Emi Koyama, Na Young Lee, Angela McRobbie, Viviane Namaste, Vrushali Patil, and Jasbir Puar.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138930216
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/04/2016
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 688
Sales rank: 340,741
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Carole R. McCann is Professor and Chair of Gender + Women’s Studies, Affiliate Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture, and Special Assistant to the Provost for Interdisciplinary Activities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Seung-kyung Kim is Korea Foundation Chair in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Director of the Institute for Korean Studies in the School of Global and International Studies; and affiliate faculty of the Gender Studies Department at Indiana University Bloomington.

Table of Contents

SECTION I. Feminist Movements SECTION II. Social Processes/Configuring Differences SECTION III. Standpoint Epistemologies/Situational Knowledges SECTION IV. Bodies and Emotions

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In both its organization and its contents, McCann and Kim’s third edition intertwines foundational and contemporary approaches to feminist theory with multi-cultural and transnational perspectives. The new anthology provides a robust resource for classes and a good answer to that reductive question: "What can I read to help me understand feminism?"

—-Sally L. Kitch, Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University

With its innovative mix of classic and contemporary texts, topics, and themes; its multigenre, transnational approach; and its thoughtful challenge to the feminist movement "wave" metaphor, this magnificent collection should be required reading in women’s and gender studies and any other courses informed by the desire for inclusionary social-justice.

—AnaLouise Keating, Women’s Studies, Texas Woman’s University

While maintaining the rich diversity of authors and articles from earlier editions, the third edition of the Feminist Theory Reader includes critical re-thinkings of foundational feminist narratives. Significantly recasting the opening and closing sections, McCann and Kim illuminate the ways that scholarly assumptions about chronology, race, sexuality, and globalization have shaped (and distorted) feminist theories and practices and demonstrate the ways that scholars and activists continue to challenge themselves and the wider world to struggle against local and global inequalities.

—Nancy A. Hewitt, History and Women’s & Gender Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

The two best features of the Feminist Theory Reader are: first, its wholehearted embrace of the theoretical importance of intersectionality and transnationalism; and second, its simultaneous engagement with global and local throughout the book.

—Jae Kyung Lee, Women’s Studies, Ewha Womans University

In this third edition of the Feminist Theory Reader, Carole R. McCann and Seung-kyung Kim have expanded their classic anthology by including articles that focus on the diversity of feminist theories. New readings that integrate multicultural and transnational perspectives join classic ones. The Feminist Theory Reader reaches several audiences: upper-division students, graduate students and scholars in feminist theory studies.

— Alma M. Garcia, Sociology, Director of the Latin American Studies Program, Santa Clara University

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