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Doing Feminist Theory

From Modernity to Postmodernity

Dr. Susan Archer Mann

Publication Date - January 2012

ISBN: 9780199858101

496 pages
Paperback
6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

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A student-oriented text that situates feminist thought in a historical context

Description

Doing Feminist Theory: From Modernity to Postmodernity critically examines feminist thought from the late eighteenth century to the present. Organized historically and by theoretical perspectives, author Susan Archer Mann:

* Highlights the relationship between feminist theory and political practice and examines the diversity of feminist visions and voices by race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and global location

* Interweaves the history of feminist thought with the history of the U.S. women's movement to ground feminist perspectives in their socio-historical contexts

* Bridges the local and global using theory application sections devoted to feminist analyses of colonialism, imperialism, and globalization

* Offers a critical and dynamic approach to theory that is interdisciplinary and inclusive of alternative forms of theory construction, such as poetry, music, and zines

* Illuminates how transformations in contemporary feminist thought reflect paradigm shifts from modernity to postmodernity

About the Author(s)

Susan Archer Mann is a Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of New Orleans.

Reviews

"[The writing] is a real strength. . . . Mann teaches well in the book. She offers an impressive, wide-ranging overview of the history of feminist theory."--Deirdre M. Condit, Virginia Commonwealth

"Mann does an excellent job of mapping the thematic development of the theories shaping U.S. feminism. The author's ability to 'connect the dots' is impressive and instructive."--Hawley Fogg-Davis, Temple University

Table of Contents

    Acknowledgments
    Introduction
    Using this Text to Navigate Feminist Thought

    Chapter 1: Doing Feminist Theory
    Introduction: Deconstructing the "F-word": What is Feminism?
    Boxed Inserts
    Box 1.1 What is Feminism?
    Box 1.2 Minimalist Definitions of Feminism
    Box 1.3 The Unforgiveable Transgression of Being Caster Semenya
    Box 1.4 "Poetry is Not a Luxury"

    SECTION I: MODERN FEMINIST THOUGHT

    Chapter 2: Liberal Feminisms
    Introduction
    Box 2.1 The Adams' Letters
    Box 2.2 The Municipal Housekeeping Movement

    Chapter 3: Radical Feminisms
    Introduction
    Box 3.2 "Redstockings Manifesto"

    Chapter 4: Marxist, Socialist & Anarchist Feminisms
    Introduction
    Marxist, Socialist & Anarchist Feminisms in Early Modernity
    Women's Work in the Home
    Love, Marriage & Sexual Practices
    Precursors to Ecofeminism in Early Modernity
    Existential Socialist Feminism
    Women's Work in Late Modernity
    New Directions in Feminist Thought Inspired by the Old & New Left
    Queer Anti-Capitalism
    Socialist Feminist Standpoint Approaches
    Boxed Inserts:
    Box 4.2 Lenin on "Sex-Love"
    Box 4.3 A Comparison of Family-Friendly Policies in the U.S. & Scandinavia
    Box 4.4. "To My White Working-Class Sisters"

    Chapter 5: Intersectionality Theories
    Introduction
    Precursors to Intersectional Analyses in Early Modernity

    SECTION II: FEMINIST THOUGHT AFTER TAKING THE POSTMODERN TURN

    Chapter 6: Postmodernism, Poststructuralism, Queer & Transgender Theories
    Introduction
    Historically Grounding Postmodernism & Poststructuralism
    Major Assumptions of Feminist Postmodernisms & Poststructuralisms
    Epistemological Assumptions
    Queer Ecofeminisms

    Chapter 7: Third Wave Feminisms
    Introduction
    Conclusion: The "Unhappy Marriage" of the Modern & Postmodern

    SECTION III: THEORY APPLICATIONS

    Bridging the Local & the Global: Feminist Discourses on Colonialism, Imperialism & Globalization
    Introduction
    Conceptualizing Imperialism & Colonialism

    Chapter 8: Feminism & Imperialism in Early Modernity
    Introduction
    Rosa Luxemburg on Imperialism
    Boxed Inserts

    Chapter 9: Feminism & Imperialism in Late Modernity
    Introduction
    Modernization Theory & Dependency Theory
    Socialist Feminist World-Systems Theories
    Radical Feminist Global Analyses
    Global Feminist Analyses Inspired by Luxemburg's Work

    Chapter 10: Feminism & Imperialism in Postmodernity
    Introduction
    Postcolonial & Transnational Feminisms
    Can the Subaltern Speak?
    The Cultural Logics of Transnationality
    Boxed Inserts

    Conclusion: Paradigm Shifts in Feminist Thought
    Glossary
    Bibliography/References
    Credits/Permissions
    Name Index
    Subject Index