Understanding Contemporary Society: Theories of the Present is a comprehensive textbook to guide students through the complexities of social theory today. Over 30 chapters, written by an international team of contributors, demonstrate clearly the practical applications of social theory in making sense of the modern world. Students are both introduced to the most significant theories and guided through the major social developments which shape our lives. Key features of the book are: clearly structured and readable prose; bullet pointed summaries and annotated further reading for each topic; makes complex issues accessible to undergraduates; focuses on relevance and practicality; chapter lay-out which is ideal for t



‘Post-feminism’ is a meretricious category, yet some of the controversies that it signals are interesting ones. At the outset, I want to suggest that the term ‘post-feminism’ has two major connotations:

  • A popular feeling that a drearily militant feminist politics has been succeeded by a new phenomenon – we can shorthand it as ‘girl power’ – which puts the femininity back into women's sense of identity and aspiration.
  • Academic developments that have transformed feminist theory through the incorporation of ideas from post-structuralist theory. These ideas cut away so much of the conceptual ground on which feminist theory previously rested, that – to some – they justify the use of the term ‘postfeminist’.

It is useful to keep the popular and the academic meanings of post-feminism ...

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