Feminisms Matter: Debates, Theories, Activism
In this lively narrative, newcomers to women's and gender studies, feminist politics, history, and sociology explore a refreshing take on a subject matter often loaded with assumptions. Feminist theories are viewed through the critical intersections of race, class, sexuality, age, and ability, and are embedded in the experiences of everyday life, allowing Bromley to engage readers in doing theory, in making sense of concepts like "power" and "privilege," and in effecting social change. Using a variety of pedagogical devices, including provocative images, discussion questions, and classroom activities, Feminisms Matter helps readers cultivate a way of thinking critically about their everyday worlds.
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- Page Count: 272 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
ReviewsFeminisms Matter is one of those rare books that you can suggest to people who may have feminist views but fear aligning with the "F-word." Those who are mostly familiar with stereotypes of feminism will begin to understand how these false depictions came to be mainstream through Bromley's overview. Feminisms Matter provides readers with an explanation as to how their existing politics may already align with feminist theories. Rather than teaching feminism from a linear "movement" perspective, Bromley sees theory and practice as inseparable—an approach to feminism that acknowledges lived reality.
Bromley has done an exceptional job of rendering dense and complex material accessible to readers who are interested in understanding current and historical feminisms and will aid educators in helping students connect theories to praxis. Her clear writing and sensible, thorough approach will meet many readers just where they are at, from those who wonder whether feminisms have anything to offer them to more knowledgeable and experienced people who want to share the importance of feminisms with students, friends, and family members.
Both Canadians and Americans can learn much from this lively and instructive introduction to feminist ideas and politics. Even as such differences as race, class, and sexualities remain front and centre, Feminisms Matter confirms the common threads of the feminist project(s) in both nations. All our classrooms should benefit.
Veronica Strong-Boag, University of British Columbia
Feminisms Matter succeeds superbly on multiple levels: it demystifies theories, provides a clear foundation for debate, and offers Canadian activists choices within a contemporary transnational framework. Opportunities for critical engagement enhance the text's accessibility and appeal.
Joan Simalchik, University of Toronto, Mississauga
Author InformationVictoria L. Bromley is Assistant Professor at the Pauline Jewett Institute of Women's and Gender Studies at Carleton University. She is an award-winning teacher.
Table of contentsAcknowledgements
1. Don't Call Me That! Feminism and Other "F-words"
2. What's Feminism Done (For Me) Lately? Feminist Contributions
3. How Do I Know What I Know? Epistemology and Theory
4. Making My Head Spin: Critical Intersectionality
5. So Many Details and So Much Reading: Feminist Theories
6. From Universalizing to Queering and Globalizing Theories
7. Taking Feminism on the Road: Feminist Methods
8. It's Not Dead? Connecting the Dots across the Waves of Feminisms
9. Don't Men Count, Too? Feminisms and Masculinities
10. The Strategies That Empower Us: Feminist Activism
11. Still Struggling: Making Change
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