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Feminist Thought: A Comprehensive Introduction

Feminist Thought: A
Comprehensive Introduction
Rosemarie TongWestview Press1989

In this survey of feminist theory, Rosemarie Tong provides coverage of the psychoanalytic, existential and postmodern schools of feminism. The author guides the reader through the complexities of even the most notoriously difficult thinkers. Students will meet and become familiar with many of the essential figures in the feminist tradition, from Wollstonecraft and Engel, on through de Beauvoir, Dinnerstein, and Daly, and up to Mitchell and Cixous. The text treats all views with respect and encourages students to think critically and sympathetically about a wide range of views that have a direct relevance to their own lives.

Table of Contents
(Edition 4, 2013)

Introduction: The Diversity of Feminist Thinking

Chapter 1: Liberal Feminism
… Conceptual Roots of Liberal Feminist Thought and Action
… Eighteenth-Century Thought: Equal Education
… Nineteenth-Century Thought: Equal Liberty
… Nineteenth-Century Action: The Suffrage
… Twentieth-Century Action: Equal Rights
… Twentieth-Century Thought: Sameness Versus Difference
… Contemporary Directions in Liberal Feminism
… Critiques of Liberal Feminism

Chapter 2: Radical Feminism: Libertarian and Cultural Perspectives
… Libertarian and Cultural Views on the Sex/Gender System
… Some Libertarian Views on Gender
… Some Cultural Views on Gender
… Sexuality, Male Domination, and Female Subordination
… The Pornography Debate
… The Lesbianism Controversy
… Reproduction, Men, and Women
… Radical-Libertarian and Radical-Cultural Views on Mothering
… Critiques of Radical-Libertarian and Radical-Cultural Feminism: Beyond Polarization

Chapter 3: Marxist and Socialist Feminism: Classical and Contemporary
… Some Marxist Concepts and Theories
… Classical Marxist Feminism: General Reflections
… Contemporary Socialist Feminism: General Reflections
… Women’s Labor Issues
… Critiques of Marxist and Socialist Feminism

Chapter 4: Psychoanalytic and Care-Focused Feminism
… Psychoanalytic Feminism: Focus on Freud
… Feminist Critiques and Appropriations of Freud
… Psychoanalytic Feminism: Focus on Lacan
… Bridges Between Psychoanalytic and Care-Focused Feminists
… The Roots of Care-Focused Feminism: Carol Gilligan and
Nel Noddings
… Maternal Ethics and the Ethics of Care

Chapter 5: Existentialist and Postmodern Feminism
… Sartre’s Being and Nothingness: A Backdrop to The Second Sex
… Simone de Beauvoir’s Existentialism for Women
… Critiques of Existentialist Feminism: A Communitarian Critique of Existentialist Feminism
… Postmodern Feminism
… Postmodernism/Postmodern Feminism: Keynotes
… Critiques of Postmodern Feminism

Chapter 6: Women of Color Feminisms
… From Multiculturalism to Intersectionality
… Women of Color Feminisms in the United States
… Women of Color Feminisms on the World Stage: Global, Postcolonial, and Transnational Feminisms
… Critiques of Women of Color Feminisms

Chapter 7: Ecofeminism
… Some Roots of Ecofeminism
… Ecofeminism: New Philosophy or Ancient Wisdom?
… Tensions in Nature: Ecofeminist Thought
… Spiritual Ecofeminism
… Transformative Ecofeminism
… Global Ecofeminism
… Vegetarian Ecofeminism
… Critiques of Ecofeminism