Everywhere and Nowhere: Contemporary Feminism in the United States

Paperback | February 14, 2012

byJo Reger

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Challenging the idea that feminism in the United States is dead or in decline, Everywhere and Nowhere examines the contours of contemporary feminism. Through a nuanced investigation of three feminist communities, Jo Reger shows how contemporary feminists react to the local environmentcurrently shaping their identities, tactics, discourse, and relations with other feminist generations. By moving the analysis to the community level, Reger illustrates how feminism is simultaneously absent from the national, popular culture -"nowhere"- and diffused into the foundations of Americanculture -"everywhere." Reger addresses some of the most debated topics concerning feminists in the twenty-first century. How do contemporary feminists think of the second-wave generation? Has contemporary feminism succeeded in addressing racism and classism, and created a more inclusive movement? How are contemporaryfeminists dealing with their legacy of gender, sex, and sexuality in a world of fluid identity and queer politics? The answers, she finds, vary by community.Everywhere and Nowhere offers a clear, empirical analysis of the state of contemporary feminism while also revealing the fascinating and increasingly complex development of community-level feminist groups in the United States.

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Challenging the idea that feminism in the United States is dead or in decline, Everywhere and Nowhere examines the contours of contemporary feminism. Through a nuanced investigation of three feminist communities, Jo Reger shows how contemporary feminists react to the local environmentcurrently shaping their identities, tactics, discou...

Jo Reger is an associate professor of sociology and the director of the Women and Gender studies program at Oakland University in Michigan. She is the editor of Different Wavelengths: Studies of the Contemporary Women's Movement and a co-editor of Identity Work in Social Movements.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:February 14, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199861986

ISBN - 13:9780199861989

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Introduction - The Everywhere and Nowhere of U.S. Feminism in the 21st CenturyPart 1: The Continuity of Contemporary Feminism1. Life in Three Feminist Communities2. Surfacing in Particular Waters3. Dissension in the House of FeminismPart 2: Doing and Talking Contemporary Feminism4. Doing Contemporary Feminism5. Grappling with Oppression and Privilege6. It's a Brave, New Gendered and Sexed WorldConclusionAppendix A: Interviewee DemographicsAppendix B: Case Study ComparisonsBibliography

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"Contesting multiple myths circulating in popular culture, Everywhere and Nowhere documents the nuances and diverse contexts of feminism in the contemporary era. Exploring the factors that contribute to its flourishing and the manifold forms feminism takes, Jo Reger paints a rich portrait ofvibrant modes of activism that transform identities, communities, and cultural values." --Mary Hawkesworth, Professor, Department of Women's and Gender Studies, Rutgers University