The new edition of Key Concepts in Gender Studies is a lively and engaging introduction to this dynamic field. Thoroughly revised throughout, the second edition benefits from the addition of nine new concepts including Gender Social Movements, Intersectionality and Mainstreaming. Each of the entries: • begins with a concise definition • outlines the history of each term and the debates surrounding it • includes illustrations of how the concept has been applied within the field • offers examples which allow a critical re-evaluation of the concept • is cross-referenced with the other key concepts • ends with guidance on further reading. A must-buy for undergraduate and postgraduate students in a range of social science and humanities disciplines.

Consciousness Raising

Consciousness Raising

Consciousness raising became one of the key activities which underpinned second-wave feminism, made it distinct from its forebears and announced the emergence of a very different kind of political organisation. Taken from the idea of ‘speaking pains to recall pains’ used by peasants during the Chinese revolution (see Echols 1989: 84), the idea was that women should regularly collect in small groups over an agreed period of time and give accounts of their own lives and how they ‘became’ a ‘woman’. In this way it was hoped that all the women involved might look askance at their lives and realise the extent to which they share experiences with other women of various backgrounds and ages; that their problems are not unique and ...

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