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.



The family has always been an important object of feminist analysis. For many, it was the crucial site of women’s oppression, the space where, unheeded by the world outside, women were at the mercy of fathers or husbands; where the law of ‘patriarchy’ held its most primitive form and where gender roles were reproduced and enforced. Feminism’s scrutiny of the ‘private’ sphere was one of the things it considered to be unique about ‘sexual politics’; that social arrangements notionally based on kinship and romantic love could be viewed askance as part of patriarchy’s repressive regime.

Feminists analysed the family in two keys ways: first as a social arrangement subject to historical shifts in definition, but located primarily on the basis of close kinship ties; and ...

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