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Feminisms Matter: Debates, Theories, Activism

Feminisms Matter: Debates, Theories, Activism

by Victoria L. BromleyVictoria L. Bromley
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In this lively narrative, newcomers to women's and gender studies, feminist politics, history, and sociology explore a refreshing take on a subject matter often loaded with assumptions. Feminist theories are viewed through the critical intersections of race, class, sexuality, age, and ability, and are embedded in the experiences of everyday life, allowing Bromley to engage readers in doing theory, in making sense of concepts like "power" and "privilege," and in effecting social change. Using a variety of pedagogical devices, including provocative images, discussion questions, and classroom activities, Feminisms Matter helps readers cultivate a way of thinking critically about their everyday worlds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442605008
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division
Publication date: 10/14/2012
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 935,199
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Victoria L. Bromley is Assistant Professor at the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's and Gender Studies at Carleton University. She is an award-winning teacher.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xi

1 Don't Call Me That! Feminism and Other "F-words" 1

2 What's Feminism Done (For Me) Lately? Feminist Contributions 13

3 How Do I Know What I Know? Epistemology and Theory 37

4 Making My Head Spin: Critical Intersectionality 47

5 So Many Details and So Much Reading: Feminist Theories 65

6 From Universalizing to Queering and Globalizing Theories 91

7 Taking Feminism on the Road: Feminist Methods 115

8 It's Not Dead? Connecting the Dots across the Waves of Feminisms 131

9 Don't Men Count, Too? Feminisms and Masculinities 151

10 The Strategies That Empower Us: Feminist Activism 173

11 Still Struggling: Making Change 189

Works Cited and Suggested Readings 213

Index 247

What People are Saying About This

Joan Simalchik

Feminisms Matter succeeds superbly on multiple levels: it demystifies theories, provides a clear foundation for debate, and offers Canadian activists choices within a contemporary transnational framework. Opportunities for critical engagement enhance the text's accessibility and appeal.

Veronica Strong-Boag

Both Canadians and Americans can learn much from this lively and instructive introduction to feminist ideas and politics. Even as such differences as race, class, and sexualities remain front and centre, Feminisms Matter confirms the common threads of the feminist project(s) in both nations. All our classrooms should benefit.

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