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feminist theory

a theory (see also FEMINISM) which, with the political and social changes of the 1960s and 70s, has challenged traditional conceptions of femininity and GENDER. As Humm (1989) points out, feminist theory ‘both challenges, and is shaped by the academy and society’. It has been, above all, characteristic of the explosion of recent theories, including the work of Hélène CIXOUS, Kate Millet (1970), Juliet Mitchell (1974), Sheila Rowbotham (1973) and many more, that these theories ‘describe the historical, psychological, sexual, and racial experiences of women’, not just academically, but as an indication of ‘how feminism can be a source of power’. Because of this, tensions have existed between feminist theory and sociology, especially given that it has challenged the fact that much sociology has been a sociology of men, stating mens viewpoints. But feminist theory, in so far as it is not always in itself sociology, has contributed to an important reconstruction of sociological perspectives in many areas.
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Her survey of approaches covers structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalysis, feminist theories, queer theories, ideology and discourse, race and postcolonialism, ecocriticism, and postmodernism.
The nature of attacking, sadistic impulses, and the difficulties of how to live (and politick) with them, have not yet received sustained attention in feminist theories of depression (or reparation).
In its attempt to broadly brushstroke feminist theories in five brief chapters, however, the 73-page Feminism volume loses nuance.
Academic feminists were repelled by the work's biological essentialism, in the form of Chicago's core iconography, her appeal to a universal sisterhood and shared female experience, and her embrace of the goddess--in short, the aspects of the piece that expressed seventies-style feminist theories.
In the opinion of some scholars, feminism has been co-opted by capitalism: in an age of globalization, and with the failure of alternatives from the left, the two become compatible bedfellows; On this view, feminist theories are seen as ultimately complicit with the very same conditions they claim to be working to undermine.
Papers in part 1 explore the evolution of feminist theories and methods of researching international law over the past decades; essays make particular use of feminist methods of self-reflection.
The first four chapters which make up the second section reinvestigate the centrality of the mother figure in feminist theories and in women's writing.
Combining feminist theories of the body and science and technology studies, Roberts (sociology, Lancaster U.
There is little guidance on work exploring issues around Asian or Latin American feminist theories and no place for work on whiteness, such as Ruth Frankenburg's White Women, Race Matters (Race, Gender, Ethnicity) (1993).
Drawing on some established feminist theories, this article isolates aspects that are useful for dealing with transgender issues in the law and identifies a feminist ethics of responsibility as a means of incorporating these elements into a new approach.
Informed by feminist theories of difference, a thoroughgoing critique of the "listening" part of "structural listening" might have helped uncover some of the latent implications of Subotnik's concept--such as the gendering of structure--and how postmodern listening/hearing might be figured in music analytic practices.
From her top Color Purple to Meridian and six other works, analysis of her literature, politics, activism and more surveys her feminist theories, practices and impact.