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.

Thinking Sex Materially: Marxist, Socialist, and Related Feminist Approaches

Thinking sex materially: Marxist, socialist, and related feminist approaches
RosemaryHennessy

Introduction

Why does materialism matter for how feminist theory understands sexuality? The simplest answer is that materialism, and specifically the philosophy of historical materialism, aims to explain the world in order to transform it. Feminist approaches to sexuality draw upon materialist perspectives because they share a basic premise: theories of social life that begin with what humans need to survive are best able to foster actions to redress injustice. Historical materialism recognizes that the process of meeting survival needs and intervening in their unjust organization entails relations that are economic, political and cultural. As a historical discourse that is a component of culture, sexuality is an integral feature of ...

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