What is Feminism?: An Introduction to Feminist Theory

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SAGE, Sep 20, 1999 - Social Science - 171 pages
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"In this concise and accessible introduction to feminist theory, Chris Beasley provides clear explanations of the many types of feminism which exist in different Western societies. She outlines the development of liberal, radical and marxist/socialist feminisms, reviews the more contemporary influences of psychoanalysis, postmodernism, theories of the body, and queer theory, and attends to the ongoing significance of race and ethnicity. Given the diversity of feminist ideas, Chris Beasley suggests a number of ways of looking at feminist theory and offers an open-ended approach which allows for variety and change."--BOOK JACKET.

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About the author (1999)

Dr. Chris Beasley is Professor in Politics and Co-Director of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender at the University of Adelaide. Dr Beasley primarily teaches in three areas of Political Studies: social and political theory, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural politics. She has been previously been located in Sociology, Women's Studies, Aboriginal Studies and Education. Her books include Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice (with Heather Brook and Mary Holmes, Routledge, 2012), Engaging with Carol Bacchi (edited with Angelique Bletsas, University of Adelaide Press, 2012), Gender & Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers (SAGE, 2005), What is Feminism? (Sage, 1999) and Sexual Economyths (Allen & Unwin, 1994).

She is currently writing a book on contemporary popular film titled The Cultural Politics of Popular Film: Power, Culture and Society (with Heather Brook, Manchester UP) and preparing another book, Internet Dating (with Mary Holmes, Routledge). Dr Beasley is also engaged in several research projects, including critical thinking in the first year university experience, embodied ethics and revaluing care, innovations in heterosexuality and hetero-masculinity.

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