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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

The Hill/Thomas Case
The Hill/Thomas case

What is it about these times that makes them distinctive? The world—literally and figuratively-is breaking up and being reformed. The United States is witnessing new scripts for ways to act and behave. The nature of personhood is being discussed not simply in the classes where social and political thought is being taught but in the courts, where questions of what constitutes a family relationship are being argued about, and in the streets, where the issue of the permissibility, appropriateness, and techniques of abortion and birth control pit groups against each other. Technology, especially in the form of television, brings both macro and micro levels of revolution into homes, and people see events played out before them in ways previously unknown. ...

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