Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies

Kathy Davis, Mary Evans, Judith Lorber
SAGE, 27.04.2006 - 512 Seiten
"This breathtakingly broad, interdisciplinary reader demonstrates how widely feminist thinking has spread, how deeply it has shaken settled assumptions in the disciplines and how much new light it throws on contemporary controversies."
- Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"A timely intervention and highly engaged, thoughtful and scholarly analysis of the state of gender and women's studies in the West by three eminent feminist scholars... Highly cognisant of the central issues that have fractured, blocked and enhanced western feminism."
- Bev Skeggs, Goldsmiths

"The comprehensiveness and the interdisciplinary range of themes are impressive, and they make the Handbook into a wonderful tool for teachers and students of women's and gender studies."
- Nina Lykke, Linkoeping University

Gender and women's studies is one of the most challenging fields within the social sciences - the dynamics of gender relations and the social and cultural implications of gender constructions offer a lively forum of debate.

The Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies presents a comprehensive and engaging review of the most recent developments within the field, including the study of masculinity, the feminist implications of postmodernism, the 'cultural turn' and globalization. The authors review current research and offer critical analyses of women's and gender studies in work, the welfare state, family, education, religion, violence and war and feminist global politics.

Edited by three leading academics from Europe and the United States, and with 25 chapters written by scholars based throughout the world, the Handbook situates the most important debates in the field within a uniquely international and interdisciplinary context. The Handbook is a useful introduction to gender theory and an exciting starting-point for fresh debates.


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Chapter 1 The Life and Times of Academic Feminism
The SexGender Debate
Chapter 3 Changing Studies on Men and Masculinities
Cultural representations and critiques
Chapter 4 Gendered Cultures
Feminists and the Politics of REligion
Chapter 6 The Crisis in Masculinity
Chapter 15 Gender Care and the Welfare State
Family Diversity and Gender Convergence
Intimate relationships and sexualities
Heteronormativity and Homosexuality
Feminist Pasts Feminist Futures
Blurring the Boundaries of Gender
Embodiment in a technological world
Between Conformity and Autonomy

Modernism Postmodernism Feminism
CriticalCreative Interventions in the Politics of Knowledge
Chapter 9 Gender Change and Education
Globalization and the state
Chapter 10 Gender in a Global World
Within and Beyond the Gendered Nation
Chapter 12 Towards a New Theorizing of Women Gender and War
The Contested Boundaries of Feminist Citizenship
Work and Family
Chapter 14 Gender and Work
Chapter 21 The Natural World and the Nature of Gender
Chapter 22 From Science and Technology to Feminist Technoscience
Making change
Gender Ethics and Political Theory
Feminist Fractured Foundationalism
Transnational Feminist Political Strategies
Chapter 26 Utopian Visions

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Seite 42 - If gender consists of the social meanings that sex assumes, then sex does not accrue social meanings as additive properties but, rather, is replaced by the social meanings it takes on; sex is relinquished in the course of that assumption, and gender emerges, not as a term in a continued relationship of opposition to sex, but as the term which absorbs and displaces "sex...
Seite 63 - Equality between women and men is a matter of human rights and a condition for social justice and is also a necessary and fundamental prerequisite for equality, development and peace.

Über den Autor (2006)

Kathy Davis is Associate Professor of Women's Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Utrecht in The Netherlands. She is author of Reshaping the Female Body: The Dilemma of Cosmetic Surgery (1995) and Power Under the Microscope: Toward a Grounded Theory of Gender Relations in Medical Encounters (1988).


Anna Aalten University of Amsterdam

Rachel AD Bloul ANU Canberra

Gon Buurman Amsterdam

Julia Edwards University of Glamorgan

Joanne Finkelstein Monash University

Ineke Klinge University of Utrecht

Gesa Lindeman University of Frankfurt

Harriette Marshall Staffordshire University Stoke on Trent

Linda McKie University of Aberdeen

Monica Rudberg University of Oslo

Anne Woollett University of East London, Stratford

Dubravka Zarkov Nijmegen

Mary Evans is Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury. She is the editor of both editions of The Woman Question (Fontana, 1982 and Sage, 1994) and co-editor of the European Journal of Women's Studies.

Judith Lorber (born November 28, 1931) is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at The CUNY Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She is a foundational theorist of social construction of gender difference and has more recently called for a de-gendering of the social world. Lorber was actively involved in Sociologists for Women in Society from the early 1970's. She developed and taught some of the first courses in the sociology of gender, women's studies, and feminist theory at Brooklyn College and the Graduate School, where she was the first Coordinator of the Women's Studies Certificate Program in 1988-1991. She was Chair of the ASA Sex and Gender Section in 1992-93 and was awarded the Jessie Bernard Award in 1996 “in recognition of scholarly work that has enlarged the horizons of sociology to encompass fully the role of women in society.

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