Written in a jargon-free, student-accessible language, Judith Lorber traces continuities and convergences in recent feminist theories. The book is innovative in that it also introduces students directly to original theoretical writings through the inclusion of two short, excerpted readings from primary sources for each of the eleven feminist perspectives presented.
Gender Inequality is succinct. It systematically distills a multiplicity of theories into clearly identifiable and manageable typologies and categories. This paradigm eases instruction because it organizes the otherwise overwhelming quantity of literature in a way that allows students to compare the different approaches and debates in feminist theories over the past 35 years. Of great help to students are the book's unique Checklists for (1) sources of gender inequality, (2) remedies, and (3) political contributions for each perspective. These Checklists help students in thinking comparatively about different kinds of feminism without getting lost.
Lorber focuses on current feminist theories on the origins of gender inequality, the policy recommendations they offer for achieving it, and the contributions these theories have made to raising the status of women in Western industrialized countries. Each discussion of a particular perspective includes its theory as to the chief causes of gender inequality, what can be done about them, the perspective's contributions to social change, and theoretical limitations.
Coverage is organized into three main typologies:
Gender Reform Feminisms (liberal, Marxist and socialist, post-colonial theories) want to change the social structures that put women at a disadvantage, such as the family, work organizations, and the global economy. Gender Resistance Feminisms (radical, lesbian, psychoanalytic, and standpoint theories) probe the sources of sexual oppression and men's violence toward women, such as pornography, sports, and the mass media. They focus on bringing women's experiences into the forefront of culture, religion, science, and the social sciences. Gender Rebellion Feminisms (multicultural, men's, social construction, postmodern, and queer theories) attack the binary gender system itself, arguing that the two-fold categorization of men vs. women needs expansion for better theorizing, research, and politics.
The Second Edition features:
Feminist Theories of the Body - current feminist takes on the "nature-nurture" debates with 6 excerpts. Feminist Politics for the 21st Century - Lorber's own theoretical and political directions for feminism. Websites for research on women, men, and gender....Continua