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Contemporary Feminist Theory and Activism: Six Global Issues

Contemporary Feminist Theory and Activism: Six Global Issues

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By (author) Wendy Lynne Lee

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  • Publisher: Broadview Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 5mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Peterborough
  • ISBN 10: 1551119048
  • ISBN 13: 9781551119045
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 1,185,689

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Wendy Lynne Lee's "Contemporary Feminist Theory and Activism: Six Global Issues" explores six issues that are vital to a vibrant and meaningful feminist movement. Among these are included: the economic disparity and entrenched gender inequality of global markets; the role played by technology in our conception of reproductive rights, sexual identity, and gender; the rise of religious fanaticism; and, the relationship between our conceptions of gender, nonhuman animals, and the environment. Lee's specific aims are twofold; first she sets out to demonstrate the relevance of feminist theorizing to issues that may seem less directly about the status and emancipation of women but that, she argues, are vital to forming connections with other important 21st century movements. Second, she endeavors to show how a feminist approach to crafting these connections can shed light on relationships between issues, for example, the relationship between environmental damage and the economics/politics of reproductive technologies, or the relationship of oppression of human beings and our treatment of nonhuman animals. Ultimately, Lee argues that a feminist theorizing adequately equipped to confront the issues of a young but changing century offers hope to a future that presents challenges both different and daunting compared to those of the past. Inspired by Marxist, critical theory, phenomenological, and post-structuralist analyses, "Contemporary Feminist Theory and Activism" seeks to draft a model for a reinvigorated feminism whose practical vitality and theoretical sophistication can provide foundational support to the 21st century's emancipatory movements. This title includes such contents as: Introduction - The Future(s) of Feminism; Sexual Identities - Institutionalized Discrimination, Medical/Technological Possibility, and the (Slow) Death of Binary Nature; Reproductive Technology and the Global Exploitation of Women's Sexuality; Economic Disparity and the Global Market - Institutionalized Inequality; The Culture Industry, The Conceptual Economy of Difference, and the Allure of Religion - Feminist Discourses of Resistance; Religious Fundamentalism, Terrorism, and the 'New' Anti-Feminism; Ecological Feminism - A Critical Praxis for The Future as Now; and, Epilogue - Life as Activism.

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Wendy Lynne Lee is Professor, Department of Philosophy, Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of On Marx (Wadsworth Press, 2001) and articles on eco-feminism, animal rights, and other topics related to contemporary feminism.

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"With this wonderfully lucid and accessible book, Wendy Lee has done feminism a great public service. Moving gracefully from the politics of sex reassignment, to international surrogacy, to Sarah Palin's religious and anti-environmental views, to women's responses to terrorism, she shows how feminist politics vastly exceeds stereotypes to become a truly worldwide and interconnected political movement. Lee's arguments are well-crafted and shrewd, but her tone never departs from the pragmatic. Rich with examples--from polar bears to microlending, cyborgs to McJobs--her book shows how feminism's breadth of vision and potential for political action might be realised. Deftly articulated, highly topical, and written with a rare political passion, Contemporary Feminist Theory and Activism will speak to scholars, students, and the general reader alike. For those who think that we have seen the end of feminism, Lee's book shows that we may be only at the very beginning."--Cressida Heyes, Canada Research Chair in Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality

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In this book, Wendy Lynne Lee sets out to demonstrate how feminist theorizing is relevant to issues that may seem less directly about the status and emancipation of women but that are vital, she argues, to forming connections with other important twenty-first century movements. Lee shows how a feminist approach to crafting these connections can shed light on the economic disparity and entrenched gender inequality of global markets; the role technology plays in our conception of reproductive rights, sexual identity, and gender; the rise of religious fanaticism; and the relationship between our conceptions of gender, nonhuman animals, and the environment. Timely, politically passionate, and forcefully argued, Contemporary Feminist Theory and Activism will reinvigorate feminist thought for the twenty-first century.