The Polity Reader in Gender Studies

The Polity Reader in Gender Studies

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Gender studies has become one of the core fields in the social sciences and humanities. As a result of the struggles of feminists, women are no longer "hidden from history" or unacknowledged in social research or cultural analysis. Over recent years, again largely because of the influence of feminism, "masculinity" has also increasingly been made problematic and opened up to scrutiny. Gender is thereby recognised to be central to the analysis of structures of power, the organization of social and cultural institutions, and modes of ideological control in modern societies. This book provides an overview of the domain of gender studies. It covers the major theoretical debates about the nature of female and male identity, as well as offering a variety of analyses of gender in the context of different forms of social and cultural activity. Authors represented in the volume include the following: Seyla Benhabib, Rosi Braidotti, Nancy Chodorow, R. W. Connell, Catherine Hall, Michael Stanworth, Klaus Theweleit, Sylvia Walby and Jeffrey Weeks. The book is organized in such a way as to be accessible to beginning students. Each section in the volume is preceeded by a summary and description of the articles more

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  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 148 x 226 x 26mm | 439.99g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0745612105
  • 9780745612102
  • 2,171,104

Table of contents

Part I: Theorizing Gender and Sexual Difference 1. Henrietta Moore, `The Cultural Constitution of Gender' 2. Sylvia Walby, `Towards a Theory of Patriarchy' 3. R.W. Connell, `Gender Regimes and the Gender Order' 4. Nancy Chodorow, `Gender Relation and Difference in Psychoanalytic Perspective' 5. Susan Hekman, `The Feminist Critique of Rationality' 6. Rosi Braidotti, `Radical Philosophies of Sexual Difference: Luce Irigaray' 7. Julia Kristeva, `James Joyce between Eros and Agape' 8. Seyla Benhabib, `Feminism and the Question of Postmodernism' 9. Moira Gatens, `The Dangers of a Woman Centred Philosophy' 10. Carole Pateman, `The Disorder of Women' Part II: Gendered Work and Gendered Identity 11. Natalie Zemon Davis, `Gender and Sexual Temperament' 12. June Purvis, `Hidden from History' 13. Philip Pacey, `Homemaking' 14. Harriet Bradley, `Gendered Jobs and Social Inequality' 15. Christine Delphy and Diana Leonard, `The Variety of Work Done by Wives' 16. Christina Hardyment, `The Domestic Mystique' 17. Michael Mann, `Persons, Households, Families, Lineages, Genders, Classes, and Nations' 18. Anne Phillips, `The Representation of Women' Part III: Gender, Sexuality, Power 19. Judy Wajcman, `Technology as Masculine Culture' 20. Michelle Stanworth, `Reproductive Technologies and the Deconstruction of Motherhood' 21. Jeffery Weeks, `The Body and Sexuality' 22. Anthony Giddens, `Men, Women and Romantic Love' 23. Lesley Hall, `Deconstructing the Monolithic Phallus' 24. Susanne Kappeler, `Art and Pornography' 25. Debborah Cameron and Elizabeth Frazer, `Masculinity, Violence and Sexual Murder' 26. Barbara Sichtermann, `Rape and Sexuality' 27. Catherine Hall, `Competing Masculinities' 28. Carol Adams, `The Sexual Politics of Meat' 29. Josie O'Dwyer and Pat Carlen, `Women in Prison: Surviving Holloway' 30. Klaus Theweleit, `The Military Academy and the Male Body'.show more

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