Thursday, October 13, 2011

This is a selection of books on feminism:

Feminism is Queer: The Intimate Connection between Queer and Feminist Theory by Mimi Marinucci. Feminism is Queer is an introduction to the intimately related disciplines of gender and queer theory. Guiding the reader through complex theory, Mimi Marinucci develops the original position of queer feminism, which presents queer theory as continuous with feminist theory. While there have been significant conceptual tensions between second-wave feminism and traditional lesbian and gay studies, queer theory offers a paradigm for understanding gender, sex, and sexuality that develops solidarity between those interested in feminist theory and those pursuing lesbian and gay rights. An essential guide to anyone with an interest in gender and sexuality, this accessible and comprehensive textbook carefully explains nuanced theoretical terminology and provides extensive suggested further reading to enable a full and thorough understanding of both disciplines.

Sex, Love and Feminism in the Asia Pacific: A Cross-Cultural Study of Young People's Attitudes by Chilla Bulbeck. 'Sex, love and feminism' are three aspects of the rapidly changing gender relations that shape young people's lives in the Asia Pacific region. Much has been written about rapidly changing countries in Asia, most recently China and India. With the global spread of capitalist production and neo-liberal ideologies, the claim that the rest of the world's women are treading the path to enlightenment and development forged by women in the West has been revived. This book explores that contention through a comparative analysis of the attitudes of young middle class urbanites in ten countries: the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, India, Indonesia, China and Vietnam. Drawing on detailed empirical research, the study describes and compares attitudes towards the women's movement, sexual relations and family arrangements in the countries considered. It explores young peoples' image of feminists and what they feel the women's movement has achieved for women and men in their country. The book discusses young people's attitudes to controversial gender issues such as role reversal, sharing housework, abortion rights, same sex sexual relations, nudity and pornography. Through a comparative analysis of the gender vocabularies by which young people understand gender issues, the book highlights the role of differences in history, culture, economics and political leadership.

Women's Movements in Asia: Feminisms and Transnational Activism edited by Mina Roces and Louise Edwards. Women's Movements in Asia is a comprehensive study of women's activism across Asia. With chapters written by leading international experts, it provides a full overview of the history of feminism, as well as the current context of the women's movement in 12 countries: the Philippines, China, Indonesia, Japan, Burma, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Korea, India and Pakistan. For each of these countries the manner in which feminism changes according to cultural, political, economic and religious factors is explored. The contributors investigate how national feminisms are influenced by transnational factors, such as the women's movements in other countries, colonialism and international agencies. Each chapter also considers what Asian feminists have contributed to global theoretical debates on the woman question, the key successes and failures of the movements and what needs to be addressed in the future.

Translating Feminisms in China edited by Dorothy Ko and Wang Zheng. This special issue (Vol. 18.3) of the journal Gender and History is made up of 8 substantial referenced articles on women's issue and policies in China. Among the many areas explored by scholars in China and elsewhere are: concepts of Women's Rights in modern China; Chinese Feminists of the 1905-1915 period; the influential Ladies' Journal of Shanghai 1915-25; the New Life movement: women's Liberation and the Great Leap Forward 1958-61; gendered division of labour in the 1950s; Iron Girls and the Cultural Revolution 1966-76; body writing, the controversial 1999 novel 'Shanghai Baby' and associated tensions. Index.

Women Shaping Islam: Reading the Qur'an in Indonesia by Pieternella Van Doorn-Harder. Muslim women's movements have existed in Indonesia for over a century and many Muslim women have had considerable influence in the country's secular development as well as in Islamic education. This book explores the contemporary grassroots networks of Muslim women, their roles in promoting social change and their relations to the rise of radical Islamism and to Islamic feminism. With glossary, bibliography and index.

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