The ‘minority’ feminist viewpoints have often been submerged in the interests of maintaining a mainstream, universal model of feminism. This anthology takes into account the various differences among women while looking at the important areas of feminist struggle. While sisterhood is indeed global, it certainly does not mean that all women are required to submerge their specific differences and assimilate to a universal model. Consequently, the collection includes essays by leaders in the field of post-structuralist enquiry as well as by those immersed in the new spirituality, and the social consequences of recent biological research. Other essays reflect the political struggles which continue to be waged with different strategies by socialist and radical feminists, and the self-searching analyses undertaken by feminists uneasy about their inclusion within educational institutions and the radical new interpretations of sexuality within the cultural domain. The collection begins with a critique of white mainstream feminism emanating from Aboriginal women in Australia. The implications of the critique indicate that there is a pervasive racism within the feminist movement.
Table of Contents
Introduction Sneja Gunew. Part 1 Feminist Knowledge 1. Feminist Knowledge: Critique and Construct Sneja Gunew 2. Feminist Knowledge, Women’s Liberation and Women’s Studies Susan Sheridan Part 2 Contemporary Theories of Power and Subjectivity 3. Contemporary Theories of Power and Subjectivity Elizabeth Grosz 4. Feminism, Subjectivity and Sexual Difference Philipa Rothfield Part 3 Discourses of Definition 5. Philosophy Elizabeth Grosz 6. Psychoanalysis and Feminism Hazel Rowley and Elizabeth Grosz 7. The Definition of Male and Female: Biological Reductionism and the Sanctions of Normality Gisela T. Kaplan and Lesley J. Rogers 8. Religion Marie Tulip Part 4 Feminist Interventions 9. Radical Feminism: Critique and Construct Robyn Rowland and Renate D. Klein 10. Socialist Feminisms Louise C. Johnson 11. Conclusion: A Note on Essentialism and Difference Elizabeth Grosz. Notes on contributors. Index.