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Author Vintges, Karen, author

Title A new dawn for the second sex : women's freedom practices in world perspective / Karen Vintges

Published Amsterdam : Amsterdam University Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (196 pages) : illustrations
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Contents Acknowledgements -- Introduction -- Women's freedom practices -- Women's freedom practices in world perspective -- Muslim women's freedom practices -- The battle of myths -- Feminism in a new key -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "To what extent is Simone de Beauvoir's study The Second Sex still relevant? From her work it emerges that patriarchy is a many-headed monster. Over the past decades, various heads of this monster have been slayed: important breakthroughs have been achieved by and for women in law, politics, and economics. Today, however, we witness movements in the opposite direction, such as a masculinist political revival in different parts of the world, the spread of the neoliberal myth of the Super Woman, the rise of transnational networks of trafficking in women and children, and a new international 'Jihadism'. This suggests that patriarchy is indeed a Hydra: a multi-headed monster that grows several new heads every time one head is cut off. Since different--often hybrid--heads of patriarchy dominate in different settings, feminism requires a variety of strategies. Women's movements all over the world today are critically creating new models of self and society in their own contexts. Drawing on notions of Beauvoir, as well as Michel Foucault, this book outlines a 'feminism in a new key' which consists of women's various freedom practices, each hunting the Hydra in their own key--but with mutual support"--Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed July 26, 2017)
Subject Beauvoir, Simone de, 1908-1986. Deuxième sexe.
Feminism -- Cross-cultural studies.
Feminism -- History.
Male domination (Social structure)
Women -- Social conditions.
Women's rights.
Genre/Form Cross-cultural studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9048522277 (electronic bk.)
9789048522279 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Women's freedom practices in world perspective