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.
Equality can be defined as a state or condition of being the same, especially in terms of social status or legal/political rights. (Although satisfactory as an initial definition, the idea of equality as sameness is a subject of debate in gender studies; see below.) Throughout much of history and in most (if not all) societies around the world, sex and gender have been a key basis for inequality: men have had a higher social status and more extensive legal and political rights than women. Globally, gender equality has gradually become a key policy concern of governments and international organisations. In late nineteenth- and early twentieth- century Britain, for example, ‘equal rights’ feminists campaigned to extend to women key rights and privileges (in relation to ...