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Feminism, Theory and the Politics of Difference

  • ID: 2248650
  • Book
  • 232 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Difference is a key term in contemporary feminism. Since the 1700s women have been concerned with how they are seen as different from men and the social consequences of such assumed and actual differences. Whereas early second–wave feminism stressed women′s shared oppression and sisterhood, more recent feminism has stressed difference – of class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age.Feminism, Theory and the Politics of Difference looks at the question of difference across the full spectrum of feminist theory from liberal, radical, lesbian and socialist theories to Black and post–colonial feminisms. It relates feminist approaches to difference and diversity to the tendency within postmodernism to celebrate them often without due attention to power.
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List of Illustrations.

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

1. The Question of Difference.

2. Challenging Patriarchy, Decentring Heterosexuality: Radical and Revolutionary Feminisms.

3. Lesbian Difference, Feminism and Queer Theory.

4. Psychoanalysis and Difference.

5. The Production and Subversion of Gender: Postmodern Approaches.

6. Class.

7. Race, Racism and the Problem of Whiteness.

8. Beyond Eurocentrism: Feminism and the Politics of Difference in a Global Frame.

Notes.

Bibliography.

Index.

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"This is a book I would recommend to anyone wanting to understand recent developments in feminist theory. It offers excellent lucid accounts of theoretical debates, locates these effectively within a political context and offers a constructively critical, rather then hostile or celebratory, engagement with a politics of difference."New Formations

"This is an extremely useful book for Women′s Studies and Gender courses at whatever level". MLR

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