The fourth edition of the Feminist Theory Reader continues to challenge readers to rethink the complex meanings of difference outside of contemporary Western feminist contexts. This new edition contains a new subsection on intersectionality. New readings turn readers' attention to current debates about violence against women, sex work, care work, transfeminisms, and postfeminism. The fourth edition also continues to expand the diverse voices of transnational feminist scholars throughout, with particular attention to questions of class.
Introductory essays at the beginning of each section bring the readings together, provide historical and intellectual context, and point to critical additional readings. Five core theoretical concepts-gender, difference, women's experiences, the personal is political, and intersectionality-anchor the anthology's organizational framework. New to this edition, text boxes in the introductory essays add excerpts from the writings of foundational theorists that help define important theoretical concepts, and content by Dorothy Sue Cobble, Cathy Cohen, Emi Koyama, Na Young Lee, Angela McRobbie, Viviane Namaste, Vrushali Patil, and Jasbir Puar.
Carole R. McCann is Professor and Chair of Gender + Women's Studies, Affiliate Professor of Language, Literacy, and Culture, and Special Assistant to the Provost for Interdisciplinary Activities at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Seung-kyung Kim is Korea Foundation Chair in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Director of the Institute for Korean Studies in the School of Global and International Studies; and affiliate faculty of the Gender Studies Department at Indiana University Bloomington.
SECTION I. Feminist Movements SECTION II. Social Processes/Configuring Differences SECTION III. Standpoint Epistemologies/Situational Knowledges SECTION IV. Bodies and Emotions