Resources

READINGS WE SUGGEST:

TOPICAL AREAS

1 – History of feminisms & key texts

  • Alice Jagger – Feminist Politics & Human Nature
    • Jaggar, A. M. (1983). Feminist politics and human nature. Rowman & Littlefield.
    • Jaggar, A. M., & Bordo, S. (Eds.). (1989). Gender/body/knowledge: Feminist reconstructions of being and knowing. Rutgers University Press.

2 – Theories and paradigm perspectives

 

  • 1st wave – Social Justice feminist (liberal)

 

    • Mary Wollstonecraft (1792)
    • Subjection of Women (1869) – John Stuart Mills
    • Engels – The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State

 

  • 2nd wave feminisms

 

  • Socialist & Radical feminism
    • DeBeauvoir – Second Sex (1949)
    • Friedan – Feminine Mystique (1957)
  • Critiques of Marxist feminism
    • Rubin, G. (1975). The Traffic in Women: Notes on the’Political Economy’of Sex”, Toward an Anthropology of Women. New York: Monthly Review Press.
    • Hartmann, H. I. (1979). The unhappy marriage of Marxism and feminism: Towards a more progressive union. Capital & Class, 3(2), 1-33.
    • Haraway, D. (1990). A manifesto for cyborgs: Science, technology, and socialist feminism in the 1980s. Feminism/postmodernism, 190-233.
  • Critiques of Cultural feminism
    • Alcoff (1988) Cultural Feminism versus Post-Structuralism: The Identity Crisis in Feminist Theory
  • Early Ecofeminism & Reformulation of Ecofeminism (1980s)
    • King, Y. (1989). Healing the wounds: Feminism, ecology, and nature/culture dualism. Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist reconstructions of being and knowing, 115-141.
    • Plumwood, V. (2002). Feminism and the Mastery of Nature. Routledge.

 

 

  • 3rd wave feminisms

 

  • Representation, Discourse & Performativity Theories (offer various viewpoints that set up the debates that occur in postmodernism)
    • West, Candace; Zimmerman, Don H. (1987). “Doing Gender”. Gender & Society. 1 (2): 125–151. doi:10.1177/0891243287001002002
    • Goffman, E. (1979). Gender advertisements.
    • Butler, J. (1990). Gender trouble: Feminism and the subversion of gender. New York.
    • McRobbie, A. (1997). More! New sexualities in girls’ and women’s magazines. Back to reality, 190-209.
    • Wolf, N. (1991). The beauty myth: How images of beauty are used against women. New York: William Morrow and Company. Inc, 348, 5.
  • Postmodern feminism, Identity Politics & Recognition theory (1980/90s)
    • Black Feminism & Intersectionality
      • Collins, P. H. (1986). Learning from the Outsider Within: The sociological significance of Black feminist thought. Social Problems 33(6): 514-32
      • Crenshaw, K. (1991). Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color. Stanford law review, 1241-1299.
      • Springer, K. (2002). Third wave black feminism?. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 27(4), 1059-1082.
    • Nancy Fraser
      • Fraser, N. (2000). Rethinking recognition. New left review, 3, 107.
      • Fraser, N., & Honneth, A. (2003). Redistribution or recognition?: a political-philosophical exchange. Verso.
    • Lois McNay
      • McNay, L. (2013). Foucault and feminism: Power, gender and the self. John Wiley & Sons.
      • McNay, L. (1991). The Foucauldian body and the exclusion of experience. Hypatia, 6(3), 125-139.
      • McNay, L. (1999). Gender, habitus and the field: Pierre Bourdieu and the limits of reflexivity. Theory, culture & society, 16(1), 95-117.
      • McNay, L. (2008). Against recognition. Polity.
    • Harding, S. (1992). Rethinking standpoint epistemology: What is” strong objectivity?”. The Centennial Review, 36(3), 437-470.
    • Jaggar, A. M., & Bordo, S. (Eds.). (1989). Gender/body/knowledge: Feminist reconstructions of being and knowing. Rutgers University Press.
    • Narayan, U. 1989. ‘The project of feminist epistemology: Perspectives from a nonwestern feminist’ Pp. 256-72 in A. M. Jaggar and S. R. Bordo (eds). Gender/body/knowledge: Feminist reconstructions of being and knowing. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press
    • Mohanty, C. T. (1988). Under Western eyes: Feminist scholarship and colonial discourses. Feminist review, (30), 61-88.
  • Queer theory  (1990s)
    • Eve Sedgwick: Sedgwick Kosofsky, E. (1990). Epistemology of the Closet. Berkley: The University of California Publishers.
    • Butler, J. (2011). Bodies that matter: On the discursive limits of sex. Taylor & Francis.
    • Rebecca Walker (1995) To be Real: Telling the Truth and Changing the Face of Feminism

 

 

  • 4th wave feminism (late 2000s)

 

    • Adichie, C. N. (2014). We should all be feminists. Vintage.

 

 

  • Pragmatic Feminism (2000s)

 

    • Scott, L. M. (2006). Market feminism: The case for a paradigm shift. Advertising & Society Review, 7(2).

 

3 – Feminism, Methods & Methodologies

  • DeVault, M. L. (1996). Talking back to sociology: Distinctive contributions of feminist methodology. Annual review of sociology, 22(1), 29-50.
  • Standpoint theory:
    • Harding, S. (2004). How standpoint methodology informs philosophy of social science. The Blackwell guide to the philosophy of the social sciences, 291-310.
  • Intersectionality:
    • Cho, S., Crenshaw, K. W., & McCall, L. (2013). Toward a field of intersectionality studies: Theory, applications, and praxis. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 38(4), 785-810.

 

4 – Application in other disciplines:

  • Feminist economics (1980s)
    • Julie Nelson & Marianne Feber
      • Ferber, M. A., & Nelson, J. A. (Eds.). (2009). Beyond economic man: Feminist theory and economics. University of Chicago Press.
      • Ferber, M. A., & Nelson, J. A. (Eds.). (2003). Feminist economics today: Beyond economic man. University of Chicago Press.
    • Vivianna Zelizer
      • Zelizer, V. A. (2010). Economic lives: How culture shapes the economy. Princeton University Press.
    • Paula England
      • England, P. (1992). Comparable worth: Theories and evidence. Transaction Publishers.
      • England, P. (2005). Emerging theories of care work. Annu. Rev. Sociol., 31, 381-399.
    • Nancy Folbre
      • Folbre, N. (1994). Who pays for the kids?: gender and the structures of constraint (Vol. 4). Taylor & Francis US.
  • Development Studies
    • Capability Approach
      • Martha Nussbaum – Nussbaum, M. C. (2001). Women and human development: The capabilities approach (Vol. 3). Cambridge University Press.
    • Women Empowerment
      • Esther Duflo – Duflo, E. (2012). Women empowerment and economic development. Journal of Economic Literature, 50(4), 1051-1079.
      • Naila Kabeer, – Kabeer, N. (1999). Resources, agency, achievements: Reflections on the measurement of women’s empowerment. Development and change, 30(3), 435-464.
  • Feminist Psychologists
    • Carol Gilligan – In a Different Voice: Psychological Theory and Women’s Development (1982)
  • Feminist Geographers
    • Joni Seager – Domosh, M., & Seager, J. (2001). Putting women in place: Feminist geographers make sense of the world. New York, USA: Guilford Press.
  • Feminist Historians
    • Folbre, N. (2009). Greed, Lust and Gender: A History of Economic Ideas. Oxford University Press.
    • Lerner, G. (1994). The creation of feminist consciousness: From the middle ages to eighteen-seventy (Vol. 2). Oxford University Press on Demand.
    • Barber, E. W. (1995). Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times. WW Norton & Company.
    • Davis, A. Y. (2011). Women, race, & class. Vintage.