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The Routledge critical dictionary of feminism and postfeminism
Gamble, Sarah.
Publication Information:
New York : Routledge, 2000.

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xii, 370 pages ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
Pt. 1. Feminism: its history and cultural context. Early feminism / Stephanie Hodgson-Wright ; First wave feminism / Valerie Sanders ; Second wave feminism / Sue Thornham ; Postfeminism / Sarah Gamble ; Feminism and gender / Sophia Phoca ; Feminism and the developing world / Alka Kurian ; Women and new technologies / Liza Tsaliki ; Feminism and film / Sue Thornham ; Feminism and popular culture / Natalie Fenton ; Feminism and the body / Fiona Carson ; Feminism and literature / Jill LeBihan ; Feminism and language / Mary M. Talbot ; Feminism and philosophy / Pamela Sue Anderson ; Feminism and religion / Alison Jasper ; Feminism and psychoanalysis / Danielle Ramsey -- Select bibliography -- Pt. 2. A-Z of key themes and major figures. A-Z entries.
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Feminism has radically altered the everyday relations between people worldwide. Since its earliest days, feminism has been organized around multiple agendas and issues including pornography, sexual identity, and politics. This diversity has allowed for a redefining of the movement. The ideas that the feminists of the 1960s and '70s established are now being questioned and challenged by a younger generation in the light of women's increased access to equality in the modern world.

Author Notes

Sarah Gamble is Senior Lecturer in English Studies at the University of Sunderland in the United Kingdom

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Choice Review

This welcome volume provides an engaging reference guide on feminism, one of the most influential movements of the 20th century. Simultaneously a theory (or set of theories) and a social movement, feminism is increasingly both prominent and contested in the contemporary world. Unlike previously published feminist dictionaries, this work also encompasses the "postfeminist" perspectives reflected in its title and points to the complex and sometimes contradictory viewpoints, priorities, and strategies among what are, in fact, multiple feminisms. Concentrating on the impact of feminism on cultural theory, the Critical Dictionary format combines fifteen topical essays followed by A-Z entries of key themes and major figures. The introductory essays include discussions of the history of feminist thought from the 17th through the 20th centuries as well as an overview of the postfeminist debate. Subsequent essays take up the impact of feminist movements and theories on social life and culture including literature, philosophy, film, new technologies, religion, the developing world, the body, and psychoanalysis. The alphabetical dictionary emphasizes theorists, writers, activists, and performers and also offers definitions for terms and concepts commonly found in feminist discourse. The editor's useful technique of highlighting all names and terms in the dictionary facilitates links between part 1 and 2. An index of topics and names provides additional access. Recommended for all academic collections. ; University of California, Irvine

Table of Contents

Stephanie Hodgson-WrightValerie SandersSue ThornhamSarah GambleSophia PhocaAlka KurianLiza TsalikiSue ThornhamNatalie FentonFiona CarsonJill LeBihanMary M. TalbotPamela Sue AndersonAlison JasperDanielle Ramsey
Editor's Introductionp. vii
Contributorsp. xii
Part I Feminism: Its History and Cultural Contextp. 1
1 Early Feminismp. 3
2 First Wave Feminismp. 16
3 Second Wave Feminismp. 29
4 Postfeminismp. 43
5 Feminism and Genderp. 55
6 Feminism and the Developing Worldp. 66
7 Women and New Technologiesp. 80
8 Feminism and Filmp. 93
9 Feminism and Popular Culturep. 104
10 Feminism and the Bodyp. 117
11 Feminism and Literaturep. 129
12 Feminism and Languagep. 140
13 Feminism and Philosophyp. 148
14 Feminism and Religionp. 158
15 Feminism and Psychoanalysisp. 168
Select Bibliographyp. 179
Part II A--Z of Key Themes and Major Figuresp. 183
A--Z Entriesp. 185
Indexp. 343