Key Concepts in Feminist Theory and Research
- Christina Hughes - University of Warwick, UK
Feminist Theory | Sociology of Gender | Sociology of Gender | Sociology of Women |
This original and engaging text explores the core concepts in feminist theory.
This up-to-date text addresses the implications of postmodernism and post-structuralism for feminist theorizing. It identifies the challenges of this through the development of 'conceptual literacy'. Introducing conceptual literacy as a pedagogic task, this text facilitates students' understanding of, for example:
- The range and lack of fixity of conceptualizations and meanings of key terms;
- The significance of theoretical framework for conceptualization of key terms;
- The changing nature of language and the reframing of key terms in research (eg the recent shift from equality to social justice);
The text explores these issues through six key concepts in feminist theorizing: equality; difference; choice; care; time; and experience. Each chapter considers the varied ways in which these terms have been conceptualised and the feminist debates about these concepts. Each chapter includes case studies to illustrate the application of these concepts in feminist empirical research, and provides a guide to further reading.
This text will be an invaluable tool for students taking courses in feminist theory and research methods, and students across the social sciences who are taking courses concerned with issues of gender.
This is not one of the best books on feminist concepts however for a novice student, it's good place to begin a journey on understanding who the main actors are. Did not really cover post structural concepts in much detail.
Did not feel that it was appropriate to the level (6)
A very useful and well written book for both undergraduate and post-graduate reading.
This will be very useful for those students interested in Feminist Research, but less so for others - hence 'supplemental'.
A fantastic introductory book for students exploring this area for the first time. Clear and very accessible. Now on the preliminary essential reading list.