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Author Summerfiled, Penny

Title Women, power, and resistance : an introduction to women's studies / edited by Tess Cosslett, Alison Easton, and Penny Summerfield
Published Buckingham [England] ; Philadelphia, PA : Open University Press, 1996


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Description xiii, 301 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents Introduction: What is Women's Studies? / Alison Easton -- 1. Women, 'the' family and families / Janet Finch -- 2. Romantic love and power / Wendy Langford -- 3. Paid work in women's lives: continuity and change / Carole Truman -- 4. The gendering of educational organizations / Rosemary Deem -- 5. The Church: egality or patriarchy? / Deborah Sawyer -- 6. Women in Buddhism revisited / Hiroko Kawanami -- 7. Fairytales: revising the tradition / Tess Cosslett -- 8. Reframing resistance: the representation of women in the visual arts / Lynne Pearce -- 9. Autobiography, gender and race: Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings / Alison Easton -- 10. Women in film: Scarlett O'Hara and Orlando: 'This Is Your Life!' / Gabrielle Russell -- 11. Religious representations of women / Linda Woodhead -- 12. Constructions of women and/in the Orient / Sara Ahmed -- 13. Motherhood and identity / Steph Lawler
14. Gender values and identity: Carol Gilligan's work on women's moral development / Carolyn Stone -- 15. Sexual constructions and lesbian identity / Robbie Smith -- 16. Femininity, sexuality and identity in law / Sarah Beresford -- 17. Racism and feminism: white women, power and resistance / Kathleen Cross -- 18. Community and resistance: Muslim women in contemporary societies / Santi Rozario -- 19. The women's movement in Britain from the 1860s to the 1980s / Penny Summerfield -- 20. Feminist activism: continuity and change / Sue Wise -- 21. They do not dance alone: the women's movements in Latin America / Consuelo Rivera Fuentes -- 22. Women and political power in Britain in the 1990s / Ruth Henig -- 23. Ecofeminism and the invaluable tool of despair-and-empowerment work / Kathleen Sullivan
Summary Women, Power and Resistance is an accessible introductory book on Women's Studies. It is divided into interdisciplinary sections covering key aspects and major debates, centering on four main areas: the social organization of gender relations, the cultural representation of women, gender and social identity, and women and political change. These sections are linked by the concepts of women, power and resistance: each section investigates how women have been defined by dominant social structures, and how they have resisted such definitions, both within and outside those structures. In the process, a range of different feminist perspectives and methodologies are explored. Theory is introduced through the in-depth study of specific topics and themes. Each chapter is written in a clear and accessible style, and is followed by questions to promote further discussion and an explanatory further reading section, making the book ideal as a course textbook, or as an introduction to anyone who wishes to know more about Women's Studies and feminism
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Feminism.
Feminist theory.
Gender identity.
Sex role.
Women in popular culture.
Women -- Social conditions.
Author Cosslett, Tess.
Easton, Alison, 1943-
Summerfield, Penny.
LC no. 96022705
ISBN 0335193900 (paperback)