Introducing Contemporary Feminist Thought

Introducing Contemporary Feminist Thought

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This introductory textbook offers a concise and lucid account ofthe main developments in contemporary feminist thinking, anddemonstrates the centrality of feminist thought to all areas ofintellectual enquiry.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Evans argues that most accounts ofthe world since the Enlightenment have been constructed in terms ofa distinction between the public and the private which excludedwomen. Using both historical and more recent examples, she examinesthe breadth and complexity of feminist thinking, focusing on keythemes such as the body, representation, engendering knowledge, andthe relationship between women and the state.

Evans argues that feminist thought seeks less to add to existingtheory than to re-theorize the social and symbolic worlds; nocontemporary account of these worlds, she suggests, is completewithout a discussion of the implications of gender difference.

This book offers a clear and coherent guide to contemporaryfeminism for students of women's studies, gender studies, sociology, social theory and literary theory.
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  • Electronic book text | 176 pages
  • Polity Press
  • United Kingdom
  • 0745666221
  • 9780745666228

Table of contents

Acknowledgements. Introduction.

1. Enter Women.

2. Public and Private: Women and the State.

3. Engendering Knowledge.

4. Representation.

5. The Body.

6. Feminism and the Academy.

7. Worlds of Difference?.



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"This is a compelling and elegantly written book, focusing on themain areas of feminist thinking from the early 1970s up to thepresent day. Mary Evans departs from other writing on feministthought, by avoiding sterile debates which categorize feminism intodifferent perspectives. Instead, she charts the changing nature offeminist ideas into a number of key themes, demonstrating boththeir wide-ranging and interdisciplinary character. The book showshow feminism has been a simultaneously destabilizing and creativeforce in intellectual and political life, arguing that it holdsrich possibilities for rethinking our social worlds. IntroducingContemporary Feminist Thought is at the cutting edge offeminist work in the area and will be crucial reading for thosewishing to understand contemporary debates and how they haveevolved historically." Mary Maynard, The University of York
"Mary Evans has provided a wide-ranging interdisciplinary snapshotof the history of western feminism over the last twenty years. Shedraws on a wealth of sources and locates many of the texts thatwere influential in western feminism in their historical context.As such, the book will be a useful addition to the range of textsavailable for the beginning student of women's studies." Women'sPhilosophy Review
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About Mary Evans

Mary Evans is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
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