This book is the first to ask whether there is a specifically European dimension to certain major issues in Women's Studies. It strives to create a synergetic debate among different disciplines and cultural traditions in Europe, and, in doing so, fills some gaps in our knowledge about women and enriches debates hitherto dominated by Anglo-American influences. Among the new areas of enquiry opened up in this book by the specificities of European Women's Studies are: * The fact that Europe has repeatedly experienced warfare on its own territory which has impacted significantly on women. Hence the focus in this volume on women and militarism, and on ethnic cleansing as an attack on the family. * The abidingly problematic relationship between feminism and anti-semitism, and issues of migration and 'whiteness' in a context where racism reflects the colonial histories of particular European countries. * The importance of passion and the emotions, as well as psychoanalytical theory, for politics particularly in Southern and Eastern European countries. * Current problems facing Europe, including the decline of the welfare state, the phenomenon of the 'single' woman, and the relationship between women's rights and human rights. * The diverse faces of feminist movements in particular European countries. Reading feminism from a European perspective will enable readers to reflect upon the ways in which changes in political, social and cultural positions and practices over the past century in Europe have impacted on feminist thinking and theorizing. The volume raises important issues about the transfer of feminist concepts across cultures and languages. And to English-speaking audiences the volume also offers fresh viewpoints on some of the key debates in Women's Studies.
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About the Author
Gabriele Griffin is professor of women’s studies at the University of York.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Configuring European Women's Studies - Gabriele Griffin, with Rosi BraidottiPART 1: WOMEN AS SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ENTITIES 1. Feminist Perspectives on the European Welfare State - Harriet Silius 2. Single Women - Tuula Gordon 3. Women's Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Biopolitics in Europe - Marina CalloniPART 2: CULTURE AND SIGNIFICATION 4. Space and Women's Culture - Liana Borghi 5. European Feminine Identity and the Idea of Passion in Politics - Elena Pulcini and Luisa Passerini 6. Psychoanalysis and Feminism: A European Phenomenon - Maria Serena SapegnoPART 3: IDENTITY, SUBJECTIVITY AND DIFFERENCE 7. Europe after 1989: The Ethnic Wars, Fascistization of Civil Society and Body Politics in Serbia- Zarana Papic 8. Identities under Threat on the Eastern Borders - Svetlana Slapsak 9. Identity, Subjectivity and Difference: A Critical Genealogy - Rosi BraidottiPART 4: RACE AND ETHNICITY 10. Feminism and Anti-semitism - Liliane Kandel 11. Diasporic Subjects and Migration in Europe- Sandra Ponzanesi 12. Whiteness and European Situatedness - Gabriele Griffin with Rosi BraidottiPART 5: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN - EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES 13. Violence against Women in the European Context: Histories, Prevalences, Theories - Carol Hagemann-White 14. Sexual Violence and Ethnic Cleansing - Attacking the Family - Lisa Price 15. Violence, Militarism and War - Jalna HanmerPART 6: SEX/GENDER TERMINOLOGY AND ITS IMPLICATIONS 16. The Uses and Abuses of the Sex/Gender Distinction in European Feminist Practices - Rosi BraidottiPART 7: THE RISES AND FALLS OF WOMEN'S MOVEMENTS IN EUROPE 17. Introduction: Women's Movements and Feminist Research - Ute Gerhard 18. The History of the Feminist Movement in France - Fran‡oise Picq 19. The Women's Movement in Germany - Ute Gerhard 20. The Feminist Movement in Italy - Andreina de Clementi 21. Three Waves of Feminism in Denmark - Drude Dahlerup 22. Histories of the Women's Movements in Norway - Beatrice Halsaa 23. The History of the Hungarian Women's Movement - Andrea Pet” 24. Lacking integration: The Relationship between the Women's Movement and Gender/Women's Studies in the Transitional Slovenia - Renata Scribar 25. Women's Associations and Education in Spain - Maria Suarez Lafuente