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Feminist Political Theory

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17 March 2016

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Feminist theory is a challenging and often deeply divided body of thought that raises issues which affect us all. In this, her third edition of the highly successful Feminist Political Theory, Valerie Bryson provides both a...

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Feminist theory is a challenging and often deeply divided body of thought that raises issues which affect us all. In this, her third edition of the highly successful Feminist Political Theory, Valerie Bryson provides both a wide-ranging history of Western feminist thought, from medieval times to the present day, and a lucid analysis of contemporary feminist politics and debates. Fully updated to cover the latest feminist scholarship throughout, this timely new edition provides an accessible and thought-provoking exploration of complex theories related to 'real-life' issues such as sexual violence, political representation, transgender rights, cyberfeminism and globalisation.

With unrivalled scope, depth and accessibility, this new edition of Valerie Bryson's Feminist Political Theory is set to be the go-to text on feminism for students and researchers – or indeed anyone interested in gender justice.

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Provides up-to-date coverage of latest feminist scholarship


Offers an accessible and thought-provoking analysis of complex theories, well related to real life issues

Provides wide-ranging international coverage of the development of feminist ideas from medieval times to the present day

Introduction
A (Partial) History of Feminist Political Theory
Different Kinds of Feminism
Feminist Political Theory Past and Present 
PART I: EARLY FEMINIST THOUGHT
Seventeenth century feminism in Continental Europe and Britain
Early British feminism and the ideas of Mary Astell
The Enlightenment and early liberal feminism
Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman
The utopian socialists and feminism
Wheeler and Thompson's Appeal On Behalf of Women 
PART II: LIBERALISM AND BEYOND: MAINSTREAM FEMINISM IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
Feminism in the United States: Maria Stewart and Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Evangelical Christianity and the Temperance and Anti-slavery Movements
The Seneca Falls Convention
The Analysis of Sexual and Personal Oppression
Education, Religion and the Woman's Bible
Class, Race and Racism
Stanton's Feminism
Feminism in Britain and Mill's The Subjection of Women
The Spread of Feminist Ideas
John Stuart Mill's The Subjection of Women
PART III:THE CONTRIBUTION OF MARX AND ENGELS
Classic Marxist theory
Engels' The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State 
Feminist criticisms of Engels
Marxism as a (Problematic) Feminist Resource
Production and Reproduction
Ideology and Alienation
The Limitations of Political and Legal Reform 
PART IV: THE VOTE AND AFTER: MAINSTREAM FEMINISM IN THE UNITED STATES AND BRITAIN FROM
THE LATE NINETEENTH CENTURY TO THE SECOND WORLD WAR
The Situation of Women in the Late Nineteenth Century
The Suffrage Campaign
Equality or Difference?
Anti-democratic and Racist Strands in the Suffrage Campaign
Socialism, Black Feminism and the Suffrage Campaign
Christabel Pankhurst
After the Vote: the Re-emergence of Contradictions
Equal Rights v. Welfare Feminism in the United States 
Equal Rights v. Welfare Feminism in Britain
Birth Control
Beyond Equality v. Welfare 
PART V:LEFT-WING FEMINISM IN BRITAIN AND THE UNITED STATES
Britain Sylvia Pankhurst
The United States
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
 Emma Goldman's Anarchist Feminism
American Communism and Women, White and Black 
PART VI: MARXIST FEMINISM IN GERMANY AND RUSSIA
Marxist Feminism in Germany
Bebel's Woman Under Socialism Clara Zetkin
Marxist Feminism in Russia
Early Russian Feminism
Orthodox Marxist Feminism in Russia
The Ideas of Alexandra Kollantai
PART VII: FEMINISM AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR
The Situation of Western Women in the Mid-twentieth Century
Communism and Developments in Black Feminism
 Simone de Beauvoir and The Second Sex
Existentialism Applied to Women
Feminist Responses to The Second Sex
De Beauvoir's Life and Influence 
PART VIII: LIBERALISM AND BEYOND: FEMINISM AND EQUAL RIGHTS FROM THE 1960s
Betty Friedan and the Politics of NOW 
Subsequent Developments
From 'Backlash' to 'Power Feminism'
Susan Okin and a Feminist Theory of Justice
Equal Rights Feminism: Critical Analysis and Debate
Equality 
The State, Capitalism and Men
The Public/Private Distinction
Individualism and Individual Rights
Reason, Knowledge and Ethical Thought
Feminism, Equal Rights and Liberalism by the End of the Twentieth Century
PART IX: RADICAL FEMINISM AND THE CONCEPT OF PATRIARCHY
The Origins of Radical Feminism
Kate Millett and the Theory of Patriarchy
Criticisms of the Concept of Patriarchy
Politics and Personal Life
A Merely Descriptive Approach?
An Over-generalised and a-historical Account?
Women Good, Men Bad: an Essentialist View of Sex Difference?
The Concept of Patriarchy by the End of the Twentieth Century 
PART X: RADICAL FEMINISM: PATRIARCHY IN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC LIFE
Patriarchy and the Family
Psychoanalytic Theory: Parenting and the Acquisition of Sexual Identity
Domestic Labour
Domestic Violence and Emotional Exploitation
Patriarchy, Sexuality and Sexual Violence
The Attack on Heterosexuality
Sexual Violence and Pornography 
Patriarchy and Reproduction
Reproductive Technology 
Mothering and Eco-feminism 
Patriarchy and the State
Patriarchy and the Economic System
Patriarchy, 'man-made language' and Knowledge
Conclusions: the Impact of Radical Feminism 
PART XI: MARXIST AND SOCIALIST FEMINISM FROM THE 1960s 
Political and Ideological Context
The Domestic Labour Debate 
Women and the Labour Market 
Two Systems or One? 'Dual systems' v. 'capitalist patriarchy' 
The Material Basis Revisited
Alienation
Feminist Standpoint Theory
Ideology, the Family and 'structures of oppression' 
The 'cultural turn'
Socialist Feminist Strategies
Socialist and Marxist Feminism by the End of the Twentieth Century 
PART XII: THEORETICAL DEVELOPMENTS: POSTMODERN FEMINISMS AND BEYOND
12. Theoretical Developments: Postmodern Feminisms and Beyond
Postmodernism: Knowledge, Language, Power and Identity
'French feminism' Judith Butler
Gender, Sex and Performativity
The 'doer' Behind the 'deed'
Queer Theory
Feminist Applications of Postmodern Theory
Beyond Equality v. Difference Debates
The 'doing' and Undoing of Gender: Gender Roles, the State and Pornography
Feminist Criticisms of Postmodernism
Postmodern Feminism and Earlier Feminist Thought
Empty Gestures?
An End to Feminist Politics?
Postmodernism and Feminism: into the Twenty First Century
PART XIII: THEORETICAL DEVELOPMENTS: POSTCOLONIAL FEMINISM, BLACK FEMINISM AND INTERSECTIONALITY
Postcolonial Feminism
Western Feminist Responses
Black Feminism
Between Gender and Race: the Marginalisation of Black Women
Black Women: from Margin to Centre
Intersectionality
Black Feminism: Critical Debates
Twenty-first Century Developments in Black Feminist Thought
Intersectionality
Developments and Debates
Conclusions 
PART XIV: WESTERN FEMINIST THEORY IN THE TWENTY FIRST CENTURY: DEVELOPMENTS IN LIBERAL AND SOCIALIST THOUGHT
Liberalism and Feminism: Theoretical Developments
Care and the Human Condition
Rights and Capabilities
The Limits of Toleration and the Nature of 'choice'
Developments in Socialist and Marxist Feminist Thought
Critiques of Global Capitalism
Care and Capitalism 
PART XV: WESTERN FEMINISM IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY: CONTINUITIES, CHALLENGES AND CHANGE
The Context of Twenty First Century Feminism
Counting the Waves
The Third Wave: Everyone Welcome, Come as You Please!
The Fourth Wave: Getting Angry Again
Feminists in Cyberspace
Cyberfeminism
Feminism Goes Online
Cybersexism and Other Problems
Transgender/Transsexual Issues
Terminology and History
Feminist Responses
Unpacking the Debate
Implications for Feminist Politics
Conclusions: Feminist Political Theory Today

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Valerie Bryson is Emerita Professor of Politics at Huddersfield University. In addition to the influential Feminist Political Theory, her publications include Feminist Debates: Issues of Theory and Political Practice.

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Valerie Bryson is Emerita Professor of Politics at Huddersfield University. In addition to the influential Feminist Political Theory, her publications include Feminist Debates: Issues of Theory and Political Practice.

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