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Key Concepts in Feminist Theory and Research

Key Concepts in Feminist Theory and Research

First Edition

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Sociology of Gender

September 2002 | 222 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

This original and engaging text explores the core concepts in feminist theory.

This up-to-date text addresses the implications of postmodernism and post-structuralism for feminist theorizing. It identifies the challenges of this through the development of 'conceptual literacy'. Introducing conceptual literacy as a pedagogic task, this text facilitates students' understanding of, for example:

- The range and lack of fixity of conceptualizations and meanings of key terms;

- The significance of theoretical framework for conceptualization of key terms;

- The changing nature of language and the reframing of key terms in research (eg the recent shift from equality to social justice);

The text explores these issues through six key concepts in feminist theorizing: equality; difference; choice; care; time; and experience. Each chapter considers the varied ways in which these terms have been conceptualised and the feminist debates about these concepts. Each chapter includes case studies to illustrate the application of these concepts in feminist empirical research, and provides a guide to further reading.

This text will be an invaluable tool for students taking courses in feminist theory and research methods, and students across the social sciences who are taking courses concerned with issues of gender.

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This is not one of the best books on feminist concepts however for a novice student, it's good place to begin a journey on understanding who the main actors are. Did not really cover post structural concepts in much detail.

Mrs Rebecca Rippon
Acute Adult Care, Chester University
November 11, 2022

Did not feel that it was appropriate to the level (6)

Thelma Lackey
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brighton University
June 10, 2015

A very useful and well written book for both undergraduate and post-graduate reading.

Miss Amy Clark
Sport Science, Tourism & Leisure Dept, Canterbury Christ Church University
December 2, 2014

This will be very useful for those students interested in Feminist Research, but less so for others - hence 'supplemental'.

Ms Alison Fielding
Department of Professional Development, Canterbury Christ Church University
October 4, 2012

A fantastic introductory book for students exploring this area for the first time. Clear and very accessible. Now on the preliminary essential reading list.
Thank you.

Dr Josie Brady
ELLS, Birmingham City University
November 15, 2009

Christina Hughes

I am a Professor of Women and Gender and, currently, Chair of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Warwick. Previously I have taught and undertaken research at the University of Warwick in the Centre for Education, Development, Appraisal and Research (CEDAR), the Department of Applied Social Studies and the Department of Continuing Education. I have also worked for the Open University.My research interests have always been strongly feminist. This has led to work on stepfamily life, lifelong learning and higher education and more recently with artisan entrepreneurs. I try to bring a strong conceptual frame to my work and I have a... More About Author

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