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Gender and women's studies is one of the most challenging fields within the social sciences-the dynamics of gender relations and the social and cultural implications of gender constructions offer a lively forum of debate. The Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies presents a comprehensive and engaging review of the most recent developments within the field, including the study of masculinity, the feminist implications of postmodernism, the 'cultural turn' and globalization. The authors review current research and offer critical analyses of women's and gender studies in work, the welfare state, family, education, religion, violence and war and feminist global politics. Edited by three leading academics from Europe and the United States, and with 25 chapters written by scholars based throughout the world, the Handbook situates the most important debates in the field within a uniquely international and interdisciplinary context. The Handbook is a useful introduction to gender theory and an exciting starting-point for fresh debates.

Getting Real: Contextualizing Gender
Getting real: Contextualizing gender

In this handbook we, as editors, are deeply indebted to those authors who have vividly brought together the range and vitality of current writing about the issue of gender. It is impossible to read this handbook without a sense of pride in the academic achievements of those individuals who have contributed to the gendering of the human subject in the university (and indeed outside it) and, through this, to the recognition that human knowledge might in the past have been inadequate or blind in its discussion of the human condition. People, it is now recognized, come in two sexes and even if we differ about where to take this fact of existence, its very presence has played a crucial ...

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