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Feminist theory has undergone continuous evolution since its recognized establishment in 1963. Sondra Farganis's insightful volume revisits feminist philosophy's turbulent beginnings, and explores the myriad political and social factors influencing its development during the past three decades. The author also considers the interaction between feminism and the greater women's movement, discussing not only the commonalities but the differences among women of various cultures and experiences. Finally, she recounts four of the most controversial, women-centered court cases of recent years, identifying elements of feminist theory--and how they affected, or were affected by--the social and political context in which they occurred. Inspiring new directions in critical thought and theoretical advancement, Situating Feminism will prove an essential resource for students and professionals in the areas of women's and culture studies, political science, social work, communication, and psychology. “Sondra Farganis does not shy away from rigorous arguments or moral issues, dealing directly with the relationship of postmodernism and feminism, and the concerns that the former undermines the latter. She capably moves among writers like Berger and Luckman, Freire, Habermas, and Butler…. Ultimately, the strength of this book is its ability to present a wide range of feminist political and social theories in a coherent fashion while demonstrating its application to actual real-life situations.” --Affilia “Sondra Farganis has written a concise study on the situation of feminist thought in relation to contemporary social controversies. She analyzes the Nussbaum (domestic violence and victimization), Baby M (motherhood and surrogacy), Sears (employment and affirmative action), and Hill/Thomas (race and sexual harassment) cases in a broad theoretical context. Farganis outlines major themes … and conflicts … within feminist thought, illustrating how these played out in the resolution of the cases.” --Choice

Contemporary Feminist Theory
Contemporary feminist theory

In our time, some of the most fundamental assumptions about political and social relationships have been thrown into doubt, as old ways walk along streets where the new are demanding to be recognized. The Women's Movement of the last 30 years is both symptomatic of dramatic changes and an integral agent in the process of reordering the ways in which we think about the world. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 symbolized the need to reassess even the most basic concepts of state and civil society; for all of our ideas on the viability of socialism as theory and practice, and many of our presuppositions on the nature of being human that underlay that theory, have to be ...

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