When Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center was first published in 1984, it was welcomed and praised by feminist thinkers who wanted a new vision. Even so, individual readers frequently found the theory "unsettling" or "provocative." Today, the blueprint for feminist movement presented in the book remains as provocative and relevant as ever. Written in hooks's characteristic direct style, Feminist Theory embodies the hope that feminists can find a common language to spread the word and create a mass, global feminist movement.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Second Edition: Seeing the Light: Visionary Feminism Preface to the First Edition 1. Black Women: Shaping Feminist Theory 2. Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression 3. The Significance of Feminist Movement 4. Sisterhood: Political Solidarity Among Women 5. Men: Comrades in Struggle 6. Changing Perspectives on Power 7. Rethinking the Nature of Work 8. Educating Women: A Feminist Agenda 9. Feminist Movement to End Violence 10. Revolutionary Parenting 11. Ending Female Sexual Oppression 12. Feminist Revolution: Development Through Struggle
A cultural critic, an intellectual, and a feminist writer, bell hooks is best known for classic books including Ain’t I a Woman, Bone Black, All About Love, Rock My Soul, Belonging, We Real Cool, Where We Stand, Teaching to Transgress, Teaching Community, Outlaw Culture, and Reel to Real. hooks is Distinguished Professor in Residence in Appalachian Studies at Berea College, and resides in her home state of Kentucky.
Praise for the book:
"Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center is an important book. It is a readable, comprehensive, analytical critique of American feminist theory which should be widely used in women’s studies courses and read by both scholars and activists." —Patricia Bell-Scott, The Women’s Review of Books (1985)