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  • Feminist Thought
    Feminist Thought
  • Feminist Thought : A More Comprehensive Introduction
    Feminist Thought : A More Comprehensive Introduction
  • Feminist Thought : A More Comprehensive Introduction
    Feminist Thought : A More Comprehensive Introduction


A clear, comprehensive, and indispensable introduction to the major traditions of feminist theory, Feminist Thought includes incisive, critical examinations of liberal feminism, radical feminism, Marxist and socialist feminism, psychoanalytic feminism, and ecofeminism. This third edition has been thoroughly reformulated and expanded to encompass recent developments in feminist thought. Particularly noteworthy are a new chapter on care-focused feminism (Chapter 5), an exploration of the connections of multicultural and global feminism with postcolonial feminism (Chapter 6), and a close consideration of the linkages between postmodern feminism and third-wave feminism (Chapter 8). Key feminist theorists such as Virginia Held, Judith Butler, Martha Nussbaum, and Eva Feder Kittay receive new or extended discussions. The much-expanded bibliography, organized by topics within chapters, provides an invaluable aid to further research. An illuminating guide to the diversity of feminism, Feminist Thought continues to serve as the essential resource for students and thinkers who want to understand the theoretical origins and complexities of contemporary feminist debates.

Author Biography

Rosemarie Tong is a Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Center for Professional Applied Ethics at the University of North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introduction: The Diversity of Feminist Thinkingp. 1
Liberal Feminismp. 11
Conceptual Roots of Liberal Feminist Thought and Actionp. 11
Eighteenth-Century Thought: Equal Educationp. 13
Nineteenth-Century Thought: Equal Libertyp. 16
Nineteenth-Century Action: The Suffragep. 21
Twentieth-Century Action: Equal Rightsp. 23
Twentieth-Century Thought: Sameness Versus Differencep. 27
Contemporary Directions in Liberal Feminismp. 34
Critiques of Liberal Feminismp. 37
Conclusionp. 45
Radical Feminism: Libertarian and Cultural Perspectivesp. 48
Libertarian and Cultural Views on the Sex/Gender Systemp. 51
Some Libertarian Views on Genderp. 52
Some Cultural Views on Genderp. 56
Sexuality, Male Domination, and Female Subordinationp. 65
The Pornography Debatep. 68
The Lesbianism Controversyp. 71
Reproduction, Men, and Womenp. 73
Libertarian and Cultural Views on Motheringp. 82
Critiques of Radical-Libertarian and Radical-Cultural Feminismp. 90
Marxist and Socialist Feminism: Classical and Contemporaryp. 96
Some Marxist Concepts and Theoriesp. 97
Classical Marxist Feminism: General Reflectionsp. 106
Contemporary Socialist Feminism: General Reflectionsp. 110
Women's Labor Issuesp. 118
Critiques of Marxist and Socialist Feminismp. 125
Conclusionp. 126
Psychoanalytic Feminismp. 128
Sigmund Freudp. 129
Feminist Critiques of Freudp. 133
Early Feminist Appropriations of Freudp. 135
Later Feminist Appropriations of Freudp. 138
Psychoanalytic Feminism: General Reflectionsp. 152
Conclusionp. 160
Care-Focused Feminismp. 163
The Roots of Care-Focused Feminismp. 164
Maternal Ethics and the Ethics of Carep. 181
Conclusionp. 195
Multicultural, Global, and Postcolonial Feminismp. 200
Multicultural Feminism: General Reflectionsp. 201
Roots of Multicultural Feminism in the United Statesp. 202
Interlocking Sources of Women's Oppressionp. 204
Conceptual Challenges for Multicultural Feminismp. 207
Global and Postcolonial Feminism: General Reflectionsp. 215
Diversity and Commonalityp. 217
Sexual/Reproductive Issues Versus Economic Issuesp. 218
Knowing When to Respect Women's Culturep. 228
Conclusionp. 233
Ecofeminismp. 237
Some Roots of Ecofeminismp. 238
Ecofeminism: New Philosophy or Ancient Wisdom?p. 242
Tensions in Nature: Ecofeminist Thoughtp. 243
Spiritual Ecofeminismp. 252
Transformative Ecofeminismp. 256
Global Ecofeminismp. 261
Critiques of Ecofeminismp. 265
Conclusionp. 268
Postmodern and Third-Wave Feminismp. 270
Postmodernism/Postmodern Feminism: Keynotesp. 272
Critique of Postmodern Feminismp. 283
Third-Wave Feminismp. 284
Critique of Third-Wave Feminismp. 289
Conclusionp. 290
Notesp. 293
Bibliographyp. 333
Indexp. 401
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