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"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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780761943907
ISBN-10: 0761943900
Format: Hardback
(246mm x 184mm x 28mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 27-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Mary S. Evans

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). CONTRIBUTORS 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.