Gender Inequality : Feminist Theories and Politics

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  • Edition: 5th
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  • Copyright: 2011-12-14
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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In Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics, Fifth Edition, internationally renowned feminist Judith Lorber examines various evolving theories of gender inequality. Tightly structured around Lorber's own paradigm of "reform, resistance, rebellion," this combination text/readeracknowledges feminism's significant contributions to redressing gender inequality and celebrates its enormous accomplishments over the last forty years. It also documents feminism's ongoing political activism, and, with an awareness of postmodern and third-wave trends, points toward its future.The fifth edition features eight new readings and five significantly rewritten, reorganized, and updated chapters, including one on transnational feminism, which encompasses Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Other rewritten chapters are Psychoanalytic and Cultural Feminism, Social ConstructionFeminism, Postmodern Feminism and Queer Theory, and Third Wave Feminism. As before, the bulleted lists introducing each type of feminism include the feminism's theories of the sources of gender inequality, its politics, its contributions, and a critique.An accessible, engaging classic written by one of sociology's first feminists, Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics, Fifth Edition, is an ideal undergraduate and graduate text for courses in introductory feminism, feminist theory, and women's studies.

Author Biography

Judith Lorber is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women's Studies at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She is the author of Breaking the Bowls: Degendering and Feminist Change (2005), Paradoxes of Gender (1994), numerous articles on gender and on women in healthcare, and coauthor of Gendered Bodies: Feminist Perspectives (OUP, 2006) and Gender and the Social Construction of Illness (2002).

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Feminisms and Their Contributions to Gender Equalityp. 1
Gender Reform Feminismsp. 23
Liberal Feminismp. 27
A Theory of Female Subordinationp. 29
*Children of the Gender Revolutionp. 38
Marxist Feminismp. 51
Theorizing Racial and Gendered Classp. 53
Gender, Race, and Citizenshipp. 61
Socialist Feminismp. 74
Gender and Complex Inequalityp. 76
The Invisible Heartp. 81
Transnational Feminismp. 90
Under Western Eyes at the Turn of the Centuryp. 95
*Challenges in Transnational Feminist Mobilizationp. 105
Gender Resistance Feminismsp. 123
Radical Feminismp. 127
Redstockings Manifestop. 130
*Biopiracy of Body-Based Resourcesp. 134
Lesbian Feminismp. 151
Decentering Lesbian Feminismp. 154
Lipstick or Timberlands? Gender Presentation in Black Lesbian Communitiesp. 158
Psychoanalytic and Cultural Feminismp. 168
Freud and Feminismp. 170
The Laugh of the Medusap. 176
Standpoint Feminismp. 183
Women's Standpoint: Embodied Knowledge versus the Ruling Relationsp. 185
Gendered Standpoints on Naturep. 192
Gender Rebellion Feminismsp. 203
Social Construction Feminismp. 207
*Framed Before We Know Itp. 212
Gender as a Social Structurep. 220
Multiracialp. 231
Black Ferninism, Knowledge, and Powerp. 234
*Gloria Anzald˙a's Spiritual Activismp. 238
Feminist Studies of Menp. 253
Hegemonic Masculinityp. 255
*Racializing the Glass Escalatorp. 264
Postmodern Feminism and Queer Theoryp. 284
Gender, Sex, and Sexual Performativityp. 286
*"A Rose is a Rose"p. 289
Third-Wave Feminismp. 304
*What is Third-Wave Feminism?p. 307
Third Wave Black Feminism?p. 314
Toward a New Feminismp. 326
Glossaryp. 331
Indexp. 334
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