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Women's Studies: The Ba s ics is an accessible introduction into the ever expanding and increasingly relevant field of studies focused on women. Tracing the history of the discipline from its origins, this text sets out the main agendas of women's studies and feminism, exploring the global development of the subject over time, and highlighting its relevance in the contemporary world. Reflecting the diversity of the field, core themes include:The interdisciplinary nature of women's studiesCore feminist theories and the feminist agendaIssues of intersectionality: women, race, class and genderWomen, sexuality and the bodyGlobal perspectives on the study of womenThe relationship between women's studies and gender studiesProviding a firm foundation for all those new to the subject, this book is valuable reading for undergraduates and postgraduates majoring in women's studies and gender studies, and all those in related disciplines seeking a helpful overview for women-centred, subject specific courses.