Thinking Differently: A Reader in European Women's Studies

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Gabriele Griffin, Rosi Braidotti
Zed Books, 2002 - History - 405 pages
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This book is the first to ask whether there is a specifically European dimension to certain major issues in Women's Studies. It strives to create a synergetic debate among different disciplines and cultural traditions in Europe, and, in doing so, fills some gaps in our knowledge about women and enriches debates hitherto dominated by Anglo-American influences.Among the new areas of enquiry opened up in this book by the specificities of European Women's Studies are:* The fact that Europe has repeatedly experienced warfare on its own territory which has impacted significantly on women. Hence the focus in this volume on women and militarism, and on ethnic cleansing as an attack on the family. * The abidingly problematic relationship between feminism and anti-semitism, and issues of migration and 'whiteness' in a context where racism reflects the colonial histories of particular European countries.* The importance of passion and the emotions, as well as psychoanalytical theory, for politics particularly in Southern and Eastern European countries.* Current problems facing Europe, including the decline of the welfare state, the phenomenon of the 'single' woman, and the relationship between women's rights and human rights.* The diverse faces of feminist movements in particular European countries.Reading feminism from a European perspective will enable readers to reflect upon the ways in which changes in political, social and cultural positions and practices over the past century in Europe have impacted on feminist thinking and theorizing. The volume raises important issues about the transfer of feminist concepts across cultures and languages. And to English-speaking audiences the volume also offers fresh viewpoints on some of the key debates in Women's Studies.
  

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Contents

Configuring European Womens Studies
1
Feminist Perspectives on the European Welfare State
31
Single Women
49
Womens Human Rights Equal Opportunities
63
Space and Womens Culture
83
European Feminine Identity and the Idea
97
Ethnic Wars the Fascistization
127
Identities under Threat on the Eastern Borders
145
Violence Militarism and
267
The Uses and Abuses of the SexGender Distinction
285
Womens Movements
311
The Womens Movement in Germany
321
The Feminist Movement in Italy
332
Three Waves of Feminism in Denmark
341
The History of the Womens Movement in Norway
351
The History of the Hungarian Womens Movement
361

A Critical Genealogy
158
Feminism and AntiSemitism
183
Diasporic Subjects and Migration
205
Whiteness and European Situatedness
221
Attacking
252
The Relationship between
372
Womens Associations and Education in Spain
378
Notes on Contributors
386
Index
393
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About the author (2002)

Rosi Braidotti is Professor of Women's Studies and Director of the Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies at Utrecht University. Her books include Nomadic Subjects (Columbia University Press, 1994) and Patterns of Dissonance (Polity Press, 1991). She has also edited many books, including, with Nina Lykke, Between Monsters, Goddesses and Cyborgs (Zed Books) and, with others, Women, Environment and Sustainable Development (Zed Books).Gabriele Griffin is Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Hull. She is the co-founding editor of the journal, Feminist Theory. Her publications include HIV/AIDS and Representation: Visibility Blue/s (Manchester University Press, 2000) and, coauthored with L. Aitken, Gender Issues in Elder Abuse (Sage, 1996) and Heavenly Love? Lesbian Images in 20th Century Women's Writing (Manchester University Press, 1993).

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