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 word ‘feminism’ originated from the French word féminisme in the nineteenth century, either as a medical term to describe the feminisation of a male body, or to describe women with masculine traits. When it was coined in the USA in the early part of the twentieth century it was only used to refer to one group of women: ‘namely that group which asserted the uniqueness of women, the mystical experience of motherhood and women’s special purity’ (Jaggar 1983: 5). It soon became understood to denote a political stance of someone committed to changing the social position of women. Since then the term has taken on the sense of one who believes that women are subjugated because of their sex and that women deserve ...

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