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The Handbook of Feminist Family Studies demonstrates how feminist contributions to family science advance our understanding of relationships among individuals, families, and communities. Bringing together some of the most well-respected scholars in the field, the editors showcase feminist family scholarship, creating a scholarly forum for interpretation and dissemination of feminist work. The Handbook’s contributors eloquently share their passion for scholarship and practice and offer new insights about the places we call home and family. The contributions as a whole provide overviews of the most important theories, methodologies, and practices, along with concrete examples of how scholars and practitioners actually engage in “doing” feminist family studies. Key Features:Examines the influence of feminism on the family studies field, including the many ways feminism brings about a “re-visioning” ...

Postmodern Feminist Perspectives and Families
Postmodern feminist perspectives and families

Postmodern feminist theories encompass a body of loosely related theoretical approaches that integrate the activist, emancipative strengths of feminism and the deconstructive tools of poststructuralism (Lather, 1991). Postmodern feminist theories not only provide useful strategies for studying families, relationships, and the contexts within which they function but also offer philosophical and pragmatic guidance to those advocating for greater equality in our society. The primary political goal of feminism is greater equality between men and women; however, postmodern feminism presses beyond this, seeking for everyone the “erasure of other invidious divisions, especially those based on race or ethnicity, and for open access to economic resources, educational opportunities, and political power” (Lorber, 2001, p. 264).

Although postmodern feminist theories ...

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