Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies
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Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies



© 2006 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
"This breathtakingly broad, interdisciplinary reader demonstrates how widely feminist thinking has spread, how deeply it has shaken settled assumptions in the disciplines and how much new light it throws on contemporary controversies."
- Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"A timely intervention and highly engaged, thoughtful and scholarly analysis of the state of gender and women's studies in the West by three eminent feminist scholars... Highly cognisant of the central issues that have fractured, blocked and enhanced western feminism."
- Bev Skeggs, Goldsmiths

"The comprehensiveness and the interdisciplinary range of themes are impressive, and they make the Handbook into a wonderful tool for teachers and students of women's and gender studies."
- Nina Lykke, Linkoeping University

Gender and women's studies is one of the most challenging fields within the social sciences - the dynamics of gender relations and the social and cultural implications of gender constructions offer a lively forum of debate.

The Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies presents a comprehensive and engaging review of the most recent developments within the field, including the study of masculinity, the feminist implications of postmodernism, the 'cultural turn' and globalization. The authors review current research and offer critical analyses of women's and gender studies in work, the welfare state, family, education, religion, violence and war and feminist global politics.

Edited by three leading academics from Europe and the United States, and with 25 chapters written by scholars based throughout the world, the Handbook situates the most important debates in the field within a uniquely international and interdisciplinary context. The Handbook is a useful introduction to gender theory and an exciting starting-point for fresh debates.

Kathy Davis, Mary Evans and Judith Lorber
Introduction
 
PART ONE: CURRENT STATE OF WOMEN'S STUDIES, GENDER STUDIES AND STUDIES OF MEN
Clare Hemmings
The Life and Times of Academic Feminism
Wendy Cealey Harrison
The Shadow and the Substance
The Sex/Gender Debate  
Jeff Hearn and Michael Kimmel
Changing Studies on Men and Masculinities
 
PART TWO: CULTURAL REPRESENTATIONS AND CRITIQUES
Gabriele Griffin
Gendered Cultures
Bronwyn Winter
The Social Foundations of the Sacred
Feminists and the Politics of Religion  
David Morgan
The Crisis in Masculinity
 
PART THREE: KNOWLEDGE
Carolyn DiPalma and Kathy Ferguson
Clearing Ground and Making Connections
Modernism, Postmodernism, Feminism  
Lorraine Code
Critical Interventions in Feminist Epistemology
Diana Leonard
Gender, Change and Education
 
PART FOUR: GLOBALIZATION AND THE STATE
Miri Song
Gender in a Global World
Barbara Einhorn
Insiders and Outsiders
Within and Beyond the Gendered Nation  
Dubravka Zarkov
Towards a New Theorizing of Women, Gender and War
Baukje Prins
Mothers and Muslims, Sisters and Soujourners
The Contested Boundaries of Feminist Citizenship  
 
PART FIVE: WORK AND FAMILY
Rosemary Crompton
Working with Gender
Clare Ungerson
Gender, Care and the Welfare State
Molly Monahan Lang and Barbara Risman
Coming Together Through Change
Family Diversity and Gender Convergence  
 
PART SIX: INTIMATE RELATIONSHIPS AND SEXUALITIES
Chrys Ingraham
Thinking Straight, Acting Bent
Heteronormativity and Homosexuality  
Sasha Roseneil
Foregrounding Friendship
Feminist Pasts, Feminist Futures  
Wendy McKenna and Suzanne Kessler
Transgendering
Blurring the Boundaries of Gender  
 
PART SEVEN: EMBODIMENT IN A TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD
Sharyn Roach Anleu
Gendered Bodies
Between Conformity and Autonomy  
Irmgard Schultz
The Natural World and the Nature of Gender
Jutta Weber
Gendered Science and Feminist Critiques of Technology
 
PART EIGHT: MAKING CHANGE
Joan Tronto
Moral Perspectives
Gender, Ethics and Political Theory  
Sue Wise and Liz Stanley
Having It All
Feminist Fractured Foundationalism  
Manisha Desai
From Autonomy to Solidarities
Transnational Feminist Political Strategies  
Judith Lorber
Utopian Visions
A World Without Gender?  
Mary Evans
Getting Real
Contextualising Gender  
Kathy Davis
Feminist Politics of Location

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Sample Chapter - Chapter 2

Introduction


"The Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies is an exceptional academic text for a broad examination of gender. The well-organized, eight-section volume focuses on gender through a wide range of academic lenses. Its twenty-six chapters offer diverse theoretical, geographical, historical, and academic perspectives, yet display a common desire to understand the human division of male and female."

Erin Gratz
University of La Verne
The University of Wisconsin System

This impressive collection of articles about the state of gender and women's studies encompasses a range of intellectual perspectives and suggest new directions for feminist theory, analysis, and research in the 21st century. These challenging essays engage scholars in a lively debate that calls for recognition of the revolutionary impact of feminist thought on the academy, with particular emphasis on its disruption of traditional ways to knowing, analyzing, and understanding. Summing Up: Highly recommended.

A.K. Frisken
SUNY College at Old Westbury
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