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An Introduction to Feminism



Part of Cambridge Introductions to Philosophy

  • Date Published: February 2016
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107544826

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  • As well as providing a clear and critical introduction to the theory, this refreshing overview focuses on the practice of feminism with coverage of actions and activism, bringing the subject to life for newcomers as well as offering fresh perspectives for advanced students. Explanations of the main strands to feminism, such as liberalism, sit alongside an exploration of a range of approaches, such as radical, anarchist and Marxist feminism, and provide much-needed context against which more familiar historical themes may be understood. The author's broad and inclusive view conveys the diversity and disagreement within feminism with accessible clarity. The analysis of key terms equips readers with a critical understanding of the vocabulary of feminist debates that will be invaluable to undergraduate students.

    • Focuses on feminist practice as well as feminist theory, encouraging increased attention to the practical aspects of feminism as a movement
    • Covers a broad scope of feminist traditions including previously neglected strands, providing a truly wide-ranging understanding of feminism as a whole
    • Attends to previously under-discussed aspects of the history of feminism, situating feminist theory and practice in the context against which it can be properly understood
    • Includes in-depth analyses of key terms equipping readers with a critical understanding of the vocabulary encountered in feminist literature and debates
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    'A bracingly original and timely introduction to feminist theory and practice. Written in an accessible and, in places, delightfully impudent style that should appeal to new generations of students, it is also rigorously argued in a way that should engage and challenge established scholars.' Susan J. Brison, author of Aftermath: Violence and the Remaking of a Self

    'Finlayson does not provide a standard, mainstream description of feminism. In many ways this is likely to be refreshing, particularly for those dissatisfied with deceptively tidy descriptions.' Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2016
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107544826
    • length: 255 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 12 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Feminist theory, feminist practice
    3. Outposts in your head: ideology, patriarchy and critique
    4. (De-)constructing coat-racks: feminism, sex and gender
    5. Whose story?
    6. Deeds not words
    7. Faces and facades
    8. Everyday rebellions: revolution in the private sphere
    9. The porn wars
    10. Among sisters: anarchism, socialism and feminism
    11. Not in our Name: colonialism, capitalism and the co-option of feminism
    12. Goodbye to all that…

  • Author

    Lorna Finlayson, University of Essex
    Lorna Finlayson is Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex. She is the author of The Political Is Political: Conformity and the Illusion of Dissent in Contemporary Political Philosophy (2015).

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