Intended as supplemental reading in courses on theories of development, this book augments traditional core texts by providing students with more depth on about two dozen recent and emerging theories that have appeared over the past 20 years. This period has seen a decline of the traditional "grand" theories that attempt to apply to all people all the time in favor of "micro theories" that focus more on individual differences, so a book like this actually points the way toward the future rather than dryly reviewing the past. In addition, the author inspects the changing ways in which the concept of "theory" itself has been interpreted during this period, and he concludes with a chapter suggesting future directions.
Chapter 11: Feminist Perspectives
Throughout history there apparently have always been feminists of some kind—women who have sought rights, opportunities, and identities they believed they deserved. The most recent effort, sometimes referred to as “The Feminist Movement,” began attracting widespread support after the middle of the 20th century, then gained momentum over the following years. According to Bonnie Watkins and Nina Rothchild,
The modern American women's movement seemed to emerge spontaneously in the 1960s. It began at kitchen tables and in company cafeterias, at PTA meetings and in legislative hearing rooms. It happened in the lives of individual women who responded to the messages of the early days: the personal is political, sisterhood is powerful. (Watkins & Rothchild, 1996, xv)
The dual purpose of this chapter is (a) ...