A comprehensive overview of feminist scholarship edited by an internationally recognized and leading figure in the field
Companion to Feminist Studies provides a broad overview of the rich history and the multitude of approaches, theories, concepts, and debates central to this dynamic interdisciplinary field. Comprehensive yet accessible, this edited volume offers expert insights from contributors of diverse academic, national, and activist backgrounds--discussing contemporary research and themes while offering international, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives on social, political, cultural, and economic institutions, social media, social justice movements, everyday discourse, and more.
Organized around three different dimensions of Feminist Studies, the Companion begins by exploring ten theoretical frameworks, including feminist epistemologies examining Marxist and Socialist Feminism, the activism of radical feminists, the contributions of Black feminist thought, and interrelated approaches to the fluidity of gender and sexuality. The second section focuses on methodologies and analytical frameworks developed by feminist scholars, including empiricists, economists, ethnographers, cultural analysts, and historiographers. The volume concludes with detailed discussion of the many ways in which pedagogy, political ecology, social justice, globalization, and other areas within Feminist Studies are shaped by feminism in practice. A major contribution to scholarship on both the theoretical foundations and contemporary debates in the field, this volume:
- Provides an international and interdisciplinary range of the essays of high relevance to scholars, students, and practitioners alike
- Examines various historical and modern approaches to the analysis of gender and sexual differences
- Addresses timely issues such as the difference between radical and cultural feminism, the lack of women working as scientists in academia and other research positions, and how activism continues to reformulate feminist approaches
- Draws insight from the positionality of postcolonial, comparative and transnational feminists
- Explores how gender, class, and race intersect to shape women's experiences and inform their perspectives
Companion to Feminist Studies is an essential resource for students and faculty in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Feminist Studies programs, and related disciplines including anthropology, psychology, history, political science, and sociology, and for researchers, scholars, practitioners, policymakers, activists, and advocates working on issues related to gender, sexuality, and social justice.
About the Author:
Nancy A. Naples is Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Connecticut, USA. Her publications include over fifty books chapter and journal articles in numerous interdisciplinary and sociological journals. To highlight a few of her works, Nancy Naples is Editor-in-Chief of the five-volume Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies (2016) and she is author of Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis, and Activist Research (2003), Grassroots Warriors: Community Work, Activist Mothering and the War on Poverty (1998) and co-editor of Border Politics: Social Movements, Collective Identities, and Globalization (with Jennifer Bickham Mendez) and The Sexuality of Migration: Border Crossings and Mexican Immigrant Men, by Lionel Cantú (with Salvador Vidal-Ortiz).