Doing Feminist Theory: From Modernity to Postmodernity

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bySusan A. Mann

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Doing Feminist Theory critically examines feminist thought from the late 18th century to the present. Organized historically and by theoretical perspectives, it highlights the relationship between feminist theory and practice, as well as the diversity of feminist visions and voices by race,class, gender, sexual orientation, and global location. The history of feminist thought is interwoven with the history of the U.S. women's movement to ground theory in its socio-historical context and to illuminate paradigm shifts toward an increasing focus on difference, deconstruction anddecentering in postmodernity. Links between the local and global are emphasized in theory application sections devoted to global and environmental issues. Oriented toward upper-level undergraduate students and master's-level graduate students, the distinguishing features of this text include:* a critical approach that highlights how theories can empower or silence * a diversity approach that focuses on the multiplicity of feminist voices by race, class* an historical approach that grounds feminist theories in the social, economic* a dynamic approach that highlights paradigm shifts in feminist thought from * an interdisciplinary approach that interweaves the social sciences * a praxis-oriented approach with theory applications devoted to global

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Doing Feminist Theory critically examines feminist thought from the late 18th century to the present. Organized historically and by theoretical perspectives, it highlights the relationship between feminist theory and practice, as well as the diversity of feminist visions and voices by race,class, gender, sexual orientation, and global ...

Susan Archer Mann is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA. She received her Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Toronto in 1982. Her areas of specialization are sociological theory and feminist theory. She was awarded her university's highest award for e...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Using this Text to Navigate Feminist Thought1. Doing Feminist TheoryIntroductionDeconstructing the "F-word": What is Feminism?Section I: Modern Feminist Thought2. Liberal FeminismsIntroduction3. Radical FeminismsIntroduction4. Marxist, Socialist and Anarchist FeminismsIntroductionMarxist, Socialist and Anarchist Feminisms in Early ModernityWomen's Work in the HomeLove, Marriage and Sexual PracticesPrecursors to Ecofeminism in Early ModernityExistential Socialist FeminismWomen's Work in Late ModernityNew Directions in Feminist Thought Inspired by the Old and New LeftQueer Anti-CapitalismSocialist Feminist Standpoint Approaches5. Intersectionality TheoriesIntroductionPrecursors to Intersectional Analyses in Early ModernitySection II: Feminist Thought After Taking the Postmodern Turn6. Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, Queer and Transgender TheoriesIntroductionHistorically Grounding Postmodernism and PoststructuralismMajor Assumptions of Feminist Postmodernisms and PoststructuralismsEpistemological AssumptionsQueer Ecofeminisms7. Third Wave FeminismsIntroductionConclusion: The "Unhappy Marriage" of the Modern and PostmodernSection III: Theory ApplicationsBridging the Local and the Global: Feminist Discourses on Colonialism, Imperialism and GlobalizationIntroductionConceptualizing Imperialism and Colonialism8. Feminism and Imperialism in Early ModerniIntroductionRosa Luxemburg on Imperialism9. Feminism and Imperialism in Late ModernityIntroductionModernization Theory and Dependency TheorySocialist Feminist World-Systems TheoriesRadical Feminist Global AnalysesGlobal Feminist Analyses Inspired by Luxemburg's Work10. Feminism and Imperialism in PostmodernityIntroductionPostcolonial and Transnational FeminismsCan the Subaltern Speak?The Cultural Logics of TransnationalityConclusion: Paradigm Shifts in Feminist ThoughtIntroductionGlossaryBibliography/ReferencesCredits/PermissionsName IndexSubject Index