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Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies

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April 2006 | 512 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
`This is an excellent and timely addition to the literature on Gender and Women's Studies. Each chapter explores contemporary questions and dilemmas in feminist theory and research, assessing the impacts of past research and feminist actions. Leading scholars discuss such topics as the state of women's and gender studies, feminist epistemology, cultural representations, globalization and the state, families, and work. This book is sure to be an essential resource for gender scholars and students' - Joan Acker, University of Oregon

`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.This volume offers not only a reference manual to what we now know about gender relations as social forces but also gives impetus to future thinking in imaginative and utopian ways about questions of gender, power and knowledge' - Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin-Madison

`This is a timely intervention and highly engaged, thoughtful and scholarly analysis of the state of gender and wmoen's studies in the west by three eminent feminist scholars who have been centrally involved in feminist struggles and scholarship for some time. They have an acute understanding of what matters to feminism and bring together a wide range of essential new readings on gender works and gender troubles. Highly cognisant of the central issues that have fractured, blocked and enhanced western feminism they provide a contextual and political understanding of change and sustained normativity in gender relations. The Handbook ends with a call for gendered trouble making. Following the achievemnent of this handbook, it seems to be the least we as readers can do' - Professor Bev Skeggs, Goldsmiths College

`The Handbook gives a pedagogically well structured and thoroughly updated overview over discussions of central issues in contemporary women's and gender studies, including critical studies of men and masculinities. 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. It fulfills an obvious and pressing need for easy accessible overview of the literature. The Handbook strikes a good balance between overview and critically situated analysis, relevant for courses in Women's and Gender Studies on many levels' - Nina Lykke, Director of Nordic Research School in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, 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.

··see Sample Chapters & Resources for pdf copies of the Introduction and Chapter Two··

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

"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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Introduction


Kathy Davis

Kathy Davis is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. She is author of Reshaping the Female Body: The Dilemma of Cosmetic Surgery (1995) and Power Under the Microscope: Toward a Grounded Theory of Gender Relations in Medical Encounters (1988). ... More About Author

Mary S Evans

I have been an emeritus professor at the University of Kent’s School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research since 2007. At present I am a centennial professor at the London School of Economics. More About Author

Judith Lorber

Judith Lorber (born November 28, 1931) is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at The CUNY Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She is a foundational theorist of social construction of gender difference and has more recently called for a de-gendering of the social world.... More About Author

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