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Introducing Gender & Womens Studies / Edition 3

Introducing Gender & Womens Studies / Edition 3

by Diane Richardson
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The first edition of Diane Richardson and Victoria Robinson's Introducing Women's Studies formed a landmark volume for students, lecturers and researchers working on gender issues. This substantially revised third edition of the best-selling text is carefully designed to reflect both classic and new developments in the field. Written by specialists across a range of key areas, it provides a full overview of the most important themes and issues in feminist and gender theory including sexuality, race, the body, men and masculinities, technology and methodologies.

In particular, this new edition: Features a new thematic structure highlighting the connections across different fields of research and debate. Reflects the shift from women's studies towards gender studies and the increased interest in culture, Incorporates material on key areas including feminist politics conceptualising gender, and bodies and identities. Encompassing breadth and depth, this text is an indispensable source. It is essential reading for all those looking for a solid grounding in feminist and gender theory.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900230543002
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 01/08/2008
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

DIANE RICHARDSON is Director of the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Newcastle as well as Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy. She is the author of many books including Rethinking Sexuality (Sage 2000), Theorising Heterosexuality (Open University Press 1996) and Women, Motherhood and Childrearing (Macmillan 1993).

Dr VICTORIA ROBINSON is Programme Director for the MA in Gender Studies at the University of Newcastle. She is also Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology, University of Manchester, and Associate Lecturer, Social Sciences, at the Open University.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures     xi
Acknowledgements     xii
Notes on Contributors     xiii
Introduction     xvii
Theory and Politics     1
Conceptualizing Gender   Diane Richardson     3
Introduction     3
The sex/gender binary     4
Sex as a construction?     6
Feminist gender theory     9
Gender and sexuality     13
New imaginings: patterned fluidities     16
Conclusion     17
Feminist Theories   Sally Hines     20
Introduction     20
Beyond the 'Big Three': developments in feminist theory     21
Poststructuralist and postmodern theory     23
Debating queer and feminism     26
Transgender studies     28
Conclusion     32
Feminism, Social Movements and the Gendering of Politics   Nickie Charles     35
Introduction     35
Women and social movements     36
Redefining politics     40
Women's political participation     42
Women making a difference     48
Conclusion     53
Men, Masculinities andFeminism   Victoria Robinson     55
Introduction     55
The historical context     55
The institutionalization of the study of men and masculinities     57
Conceptual developments in the study of masculinity     58
The 'crisis of masculinity'     60
Hegemonic masculinity     61
Case study: hegemonic masculinities and heterosexuality     62
Case study: men and sport     64
Critiques of theorizing on men and masculinities     66
Future directions     69
Conclusion     70
Bodies-Identities     73
Gendered Bodies: Gendered Lives   Keith Woodward     75
Introduction     75
Bodies     76
Bodies in the contemporary world: targets of intervention     77
Feminist critiques of the body     78
Sex/Gender     80
Embodied identities: body and self     81
Phenomenology: embodiment and experience     84
What's normal? Technoscience and the promise of cyborgs     87
Conclusion     88
Racing the Feminist Agenda: Exploring the Intersections Between Race, Ethnicity and Gender   Kate Reed     91
Introduction      91
Feminism, race and the invisible black woman     92
Black feminist challenges     93
Black feminism, postmodernism and difference     96
Race, ethnicity and gender - new agendas     98
Race, ethnicity and identity     99
Women and whiteness     100
Masculinity, race and ethnicity     101
Postcolonial feminism     102
Conclusion     103
Sexuality   Yvette Taylor     106
Introduction     106
Not quite queer? Sexuality, gender and 'the rest'     107
Feminist and/or queer?     109
Sexuality, appearance and lifestyle     110
Sexuality, femininity and class     111
The 'transformation of intimacy'?     112
Sexuality, the self and the space in between     114
Left of centre? The politics of sexuality     118
Conclusion     121
Institutions     123
Families, Domesticity and Intimacy: Changing Relationships in Changing Times   Stevi Jackson     125
Introduction     125
Feminism and the family     125
Bringing the family into question     127
Beyond households      132
Family finances and domestic work     133
Emotional attachments     138
Towards postmodern, individualized families?     140
Conclusion     142
Gender and Schooling: Contemporary Issues in Gender Equality and Educational Achievement   Jessica Ringrose   Debbie Epstein     144
Introduction     144
Historical contexts of girls' inequality in schooling and the development of 'education feminism'     145
Gendered inequalities in education on a global scale     147
The panic over 'failing boys'     148
Testing equality? Educational discourses of achievement and performance     150
Reproducing gender binaries     152
The proliferating discourse of girls' success     154
Conclusion     157
Gender and Work   Zoe Irving     160
Introduction     160
The gendering of work     161
The experience of employment     165
The sharing of work and employment     168
Explaining gendered patterns of work     178
Work: is the future female?     180
Conclusion     182
Cultures and Contexts     185
Media and Popular Culture   Ruth Holliday      187
Gender and consumption     187
Advertising - selling (to) women     188
Gender and consumption - a brief history     191
Men producing culture     193
Negative representations?     195
Feminine forms     199
The pleasure of the text     200
Conclusion     203
Cyberspace, Feminism and Technology: Of Cyborgs and Women   Stacy Gillis     205
Introduction     205
The Enlightenment body     206
Cyberfeminism     210
Bodies of thought     214
Conclusion     217
Methodologies     219
Feminist Methodology Matters!   Liz Stanley   Sue Wise     221
Introduction: why feminist methodology matters     221
Reading real-world feminist research     223
Reading the research exemplars     224
Conclusion     237
Bibliography     244
Author Index     277
Subject Index     284

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