Working Out: New Directions for Women's Studies

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Hilary Hinds, Ann Phoenix, Jackie Stacey
Psychology Press, 1992 - Education - 208 pages
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Addressing issues of long-standing concern, but from new perspectives, this book contributes to existing key debates about sexuality, paid work, the development process, equal opportunities legislation, lesbian history and women's writing. Extending beyond disciplinary boundaries many of the contributions address issues such as the politics and practice of women's studies, and the specificity of women's oppression within particular national and international contexts. Theoretical, epistemological and methodological questions are analyzed from a variety of perspectives which frequently defy existing categorizations. Moving beyond the previous positions of Marxist, radical or liberal feminism many contributions challenge the boundaries of existing debates and set new agendas for the future. Whilst recognizing the achievements of women's studies, this collection contributes to the continuing process of critical self-reflection.
 

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Contents

Feminist Politics after Thatcher
7
Whiteness The Relevance of Politically Colouring the Non
23
Men in Womens Studies Classrooms
30
Commonalities and Differences
43
Difference Power and Knowledge Black Women in Academia
45
Disabled Women and the Feminist Agenda
55
Desire and the Politics of Representation Issues for Lesbians and Heterosexual Women
68
Difference at Work Perceptions of Work from a NonHeterosexual Perspective
80
Womens Studies in Central and Eastern Europe
118
Does Equal Opportunity Legislation and Practice Serve the Womens Movement? A Case Study from Australian Higher Education
128
Theories and Methods
141
Defending the Indefensible? Quantitative Methods and Feminist Research
143
Epistemological Issues in Researching Lesbian History The Case of Romantic Friendship
155
Gender and the Labour Market Old Theory for New?
167
Dialogic Theory and Womens Writing
178
Notes on Contributors
188

International Feminisms
93
Feminist Perspectives in Development A Critical Review
95
Womens Rights and Human Rights in Muslim Countries A Case Study
107

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About the author (1992)

Hinds is Lecturer in English at the University of Lancaster. Her research and teaching focus principally on seventeenth-century literature, and in particular on women's writing from the radical sects.

Ann is professor of Social and Developmental Psychology at The Open University.

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