New PDF release: Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories

New PDF release: Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories

By Lorraine Code

The path-breaking Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories is an available, multidisciplinary perception into the complicated box of feminist inspiration. The Encyclopedia comprises over 500 authoritative entries commissioned from a world staff of members and contains transparent, concise and provocative reasons of key issues and ideas. every one access comprises pass references and a bibliographic consultant to extra analyzing; over 50 biographical entries offer readers with a feeling of the way the theories they come upon have built out of the lives and events in their authors.

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Thus, she spoke out against women's suffrage because she saw it as merely a way to gain women's cooperation in the maintenance of an essentially unchanged structure. Goldman was remarkable for her time in that she was able to draw on theory without being entrapped by it; while inspired by communism and anarchism, she insisted that their application be flexible and adaptable, resisting any impulse toward rigidity, uniformity, or essentialism. Throughout the 1980s, feminist theory-building came under scrutiny by philosophers who were concerned that feminist theory would do what male-dominated theorising had been doing: exclude the voices and experiences of women in all their complexity and diversity.

See also: homophobia; oppression References and further reading Corea, G. (1992) The Invisible Epidemic, New York: Harper Collins. Eisenstein, Z. (1994) The Color of Gender, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Singer, L. (1993) Erotic Welfare, New York: Routledge. KATE MEHURON alterity Used to characterise being different, otherness, alterity is a term of art in postcolonial feminist discourse, especially in discussions of cultural alterity. It refers to the imperialism and silencing consequent upon representing (usually non-white) cultures as subordinate to dominant cultures, viewing them through the power structures, and requiring them to legitimate themselves in the language and value systems of the dominant.

There are many examples of studies and novels about women protesting against colonial rule throughout Africa, the most famous being the 1929 Igbo Women's War in Nigeria. Today, most women's groups continue to emphasise women's rights within larger socio-political contexts of democratic change, economic development and social justice. By historical and demographic extension, African feminism has relevance for women of African heritage in the African diaspora, including north and south America, the Caribbean and Europe, who have also been exposed to oppressive forces of domination.

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