At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory.

The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: Epistemology and marginality; Literary, visual and cultural representations; Sexuality; Macro and microeconomics of gender; Conflict and peace.

The most important consensus in this volume is that a central organizing tenet of feminism is its willingness to examine the ways in which gender and relations between women and men have been (and are) organized. The authors bring a shared commitment to the critical appraisal of gender relations, as well as a recognition that to think ‘theoretically’ is not to detach concerns from lived experience but to extend the possibilities of understanding.

With this focus on theory and theorizing about the world in which we live, this Handbook asks us, across all disciplines and situations, to abandon our taken-for-granted assumptions about the world and interrogate both the origin and the implications of our ideas about gender relations and feminism.

It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.

Representing Women in Popular Culture

Representing women in popular culture
ImeldaWhelehan

Introduction

This chapter focuses on the changing feminist critical responses to the representation of women in popular culture since the late 1980s and to the legacy of Second Wave feminist politics in how women are represented and how representation is approached – both in academic research and as part of the wider popular social and political commentaries offered in broadsheets and other media. It summarizes briefly how early feminist debates on representation simultaneously foregrounded and marginalized academic studies in popular culture from the late 1960s and through to the 1980s. It charts how that situation changes, so that by the 1990s there is evidence of a growing interest in spectatorship and consumption that determines the direction and ...

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