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Companion to Feminist Studies. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 5186141
  • Book
  • December 2020
  • 496 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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A comprehensive overview of feminist scholarship edited by an internationally recognized and leading figure in the field 

Companion to Feminist Studies provides a broad overview of the rich history and the multitude of approaches, theories, concepts, and debates central to this dynamic interdisciplinary field. Comprehensive yet accessible, this edited volume offers expert insights from contributors of diverse academic, national, and activist backgrounds - discussing contemporary research and themes while offering international, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives on social, political, cultural, and economic institutions, social media, social justice movements, everyday discourse, and more. 

Organized around three different dimensions of Feminist Studies, the Companion begins by exploring ten theoretical frameworks, including feminist epistemologies examining Marxist and Socialist Feminism, the activism of radical feminists, the contributions of Black feminist thought, and interrelated approaches to the fluidity of gender and sexuality. The second section focuses on methodologies and analytical frameworks developed by feminist scholars, including empiricists, economists, ethnographers, cultural analysts, and historiographers. The volume concludes with detailed discussion of the many ways in which pedagogy, political ecology, social justice, globalization, and other areas within Feminist Studies are shaped by feminism in practice. A major contribution to scholarship on both the theoretical foundations and contemporary debates in the field, this volume: 

  • Provides an international and interdisciplinary range of the essays of high relevance to scholars, students, and practitioners alike 
  • Examines various historical and modern approaches to the analysis of gender and sexual differences 
  • Addresses timely issues such as the difference between radical and cultural feminism, the lack of women working as scientists in academia and other research positions, and how activism continues to reformulate feminist approaches 
  • Draws insight from the positionality of postcolonial, comparative and transnational feminists 
  • Explores how gender, class, and race intersect to shape women’s experiences and inform their perspectives 

Companion to Feminist Studies is an essential resource for students and faculty in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Feminist Studies programs, and related disciplines including anthropology, psychology, history, political science, and sociology, and for researchers, scholars, practitioners, policymakers, activists, and advocates working on issues related to gender, sexuality, and social justice. 

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Editors

Notes on Contributors

Acknowledgments

PART I INTRODUCTION

1 Feminist Studies as a Site of Critical Knowledge Production and Praxis

Nancy A. Naples

PART II FEMINIST EPISTEMOLOGIES AND ITS DISCONTENTS

2 Biological Determinism and Essentialism

Sheila Greene

3 Marxist and Socialist Feminisms

Elisabeth Armstrong

4 Radical and Cultural Feminisms

Lauren Rosewarne

5 Materialist Feminisms

Bronwyn Winter

6 Black Feminist Thought and Womanism

Rose Brewer

7 Intersectionality as Critical Inquiry

Patricia Hill Collins

8 Queer, Trans, and Transfeminist Theories

Ute Bettray

9 Postcolonial Feminism

Umme Al-wazedi

10 Feminisms in Comparative Perspective

Anne Sisson Runyan, Rina Williams, Anwar Mhajne and Crystal Whetstone

11 Transnational Feminisms

Gul Aldikacti Marshall

PART III METHODOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

12 Feminist Methodologies

Cynthia Deitch

13 Feminist Empiricism

Gina Marie Longo

14 Feminist Science Studies

Samantha Archer and Anne E. Kohler

15 Feminist Economics

Valeria Esquivel

16 Feminist Ethnography

Dána -Ain Davis and Christa Craven

17 Feminist Historiography

Ariella Rotramel

18 Feminism, Gender and Popular Culture

Diane Grossman

PART IV FEMINIST PRAXIS

19 Feminist Pedagogies

Danielle Currier

20 Feminist Praxis and Globalization

Manisha Desai and Koyel Khan

21 Feminism and Somatic Praxis

Gill Wright Miller

22 Feminist Health Movements

Meredeth Turshen and Marci Berger

23 Feminist Praxis and Gender Violence

Margaret Campe and Claire Renzetti

24 Feminist Political Ecologies

Astrid Ulloa

25 Feminism and Social Justice Movements

Molli Spalter

Index

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Nancy Naples University of Connecticut, USA.
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