By Imelda Whelehan, Jane Pilcher
A part of a brand new `Key Concepts' sequence released by means of SAGE. each one booklet deals 1500 notice expositions of fifty issues valuable to the given field.
Jane Pilcher and Imelda Whelehan's creation provides an account of gender experiences - what it truly is and the way it originated. Their collection of issues is authoritative and the 50 entries mirror the advanced, multi-faceted nature of the sector in an available dictionary format.
Each of the 50 key concepts:
· starts off with a concise definition
· comprises illustrations of ways the idea that has been utilized in the field
· bargains examples which enable a serious re-assessment of the concept that
· is cross-referenced with the opposite key recommendations
· makes extra studying suggestions.
The point of element provided encourages realizing of gender stories with out sacrificing intensity element and important overview necessary to express the complexity of the problems handled. As such, the booklet appeals either to undergraduate and postgraduate scholars throughout a variety of social technological know-how disciplines.
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Extra info for 50 Key Concepts in Gender Studies
Initial feminist critiques of class analysis attempted in various ways to use conventional Marxist-derived class and related concepts in order to theorise gender inequality. For example, as outlined by Walby (1990), Delphy developed an argument that women as housewives constitute one class and men as husbands constitute another, by virtue of their different relations to the patriarchal mode of production, whilst Firestone located men and women in different ‘sex-classes’ on the basis of their relations to the means of reproduction.
This problem would be more acute when it came to issues of race, class or sexuality given the likelihood that small groups of women would tend to meet together because of their shared backgrounds. Nonetheless, CR groups appeared to form the backbone of local feminist ‘cells’ particularly in regions away from large metropolises and these groups may well have helped strengthen and galvanise feminist activism and allow each group to take on a highly individual feminist imprint of its own. Equally, conflicts within the group might be thrown into sharp relief by the highly personal nature of communication that the CR process encouraged.
Certainly it is true that radical feminism in its original form seemed to become subsumed by cultural feminism and, as Echols observes, ‘cultural feminism with its insistence upon women’s essential sameness to each other and their fundamental difference from men seemed to many to unify a movement that by 1973 was highly schismatic’ (1989: 244). For Echols this move to cultural feminism was in response to a backlash, but it is also a conservative rejection of 1960s’ radicalism. The difference and sameness debate re-emerged in the late 1980s and coincided with more feminists embracing post-structuralist and postmodern ideas.