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Feminist Theory Reader

Local and Global Perspectives, 3rd Edition

Edited by CAROLE MCCANN, Seung-kyung Kim

© 2013 – Routledge

628 pages

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About the Book

The third edition of the Feminist Theory Reader anthologizes the important classical and contemporary works of feminist theory within a multiracial transnational framework. This edition includes 16 new essays; the editors have organized the readings into four sections, which challenge the prevailing representation of feminist movements as waves.

Introductory essays at the beginning of each section lay out the framework that brings the readings together and provide historical and intellectual context.

Instructors who have adopted the book can email SalesHSS@taylorandfrancis.com to receive test questions associated with the readings. Please include your school and location (state/province/county/country) in the email.

Now available for the first time in eBook format 978-0-203-59831-3.


In both its organization and its contents, McCann and Kim’s third edition intertwines foundational and contemporary approaches to feminist theory with multi-cultural and transnational perspectives. The new anthology provides a robust resource for classes and a good answer to that reductive question: "What can I read to help me understand feminism?"

--Sally L. Kitch, Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University

With its innovative mix of classic and contemporary texts, topics, and themes; its multigenre, transnational approach; and its thoughtful challenge to the feminist movement "wave" metaphor, this magnificent collection should be required reading in women’s and gender studies and any other courses informed by the desire for inclusionary social-justice.

--AnaLouise Keating, Women’s Studies, Texas Woman’s University

While maintaining the rich diversity of authors and articles from earlier editions, the third edition of the Feminist Theory Reader includes critical re-thinkings of foundational feminist narratives. Significantly recasting the opening and closing sections, McCann and Kim illuminate the ways that scholarly assumptions about chronology, race, sexuality, and globalization have shaped (and distorted) feminist theories and practices and demonstrate the ways that scholars and activists continue to challenge themselves and the wider world to struggle against local and global inequalities.

--Nancy A. Hewitt, History and Women’s & Gender Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

The two best features of the Feminist Theory Reader are: first, its wholehearted embrace of the theoretical importance of intersectionality and transnationalism; and second, its simultaneous engagement with global and local throughout the book.

--Jae Kyung Lee, Women’s Studies, Ewha Womans University

In this third edition of the Feminist Theory Reader, Carole R. McCann and Seung-kyung Kim have expanded their classic anthology by including articles that focus on the diversity of feminist theories. New readings that integrate multicultural and transnational perspectives join classic ones. The Feminist Theory Reader reaches several audiences: upper-division students, graduate students and scholars in feminist theory studies.

-- Alma M. Garcia, Sociology, Director of the Latin American Studies Program, Santa Clara University

Taken as a whole, this book is an excellent compendium of texts dealing with any branch of feminist enquiry and theory… I have no hesitation in recommending this excellent and comprehensive resource.

-- Deirdre Byrne, University of South Africa

Gender Studies

Table of Contents


Preface to the Third Edition



Introduction: Feminist Theory, Local and Global Perspectives


Introduction: Theorizing Feminist Times and Spaces


Feminist Movements

    1. Yosano Akiko, "The Day the Mountains Move"
    2. Nancy Hewitt, "Re-Rooting American Women’s Activism: Global Perspectives on 1848"
    3. Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, " Introduction,"
    4. Linda Nicholson, "Feminism in ‘Waves’: Useful Metaphor or Not?"
    5. Becky Thompson, "Multiracial Feminism: Recasting the Chronology of Second Wave Feminism,"
    6. Amrita Basu, "Globalization of the Local/Localization of the Global: Mapping Transnational Women’s Movements"
    7. Michelle Rowley, "The Idea of Ancestry: Of Feminist Genealogies and Many Other Things"
    8. Local Identities and Politics

    9. Muriel Rukeyser, "The Poem as Mask"
    10. T. V. Reed, "The Poetical is the Political: Feminist Poetry and the Poetics of Women’s Rights"
    11. Deniz Kandiyoti, "Bargaining with Patriarchy"
    12. Carole Pateman, "Introduction: The Theoretical Subversiveness of Feminism"
    13. Elizabeth Martinez, "La Chicana"
    14. The Combahee River Collective, "A Black Feminist Statement"
    15. Shulamith Firestone, "The Culture of Romance"
    16. Charlotte Bunch, "Lesbians in Revolt"
    17. Sônia Correa and Rosalind Petchesky, "Reproductive and Sexual Rights: A Feminist Perspective"
    18. Leslie Feinberg, "Transgender Liberation: A Movement Whose Time Has Come"


      Introduction: Theorizing Intersecting Identities


      Social Processes/Configuring Differences

    20. Bonnie Thornton Dill and Ruth Enid Zambrana, "Critical Thinking about Inequality: An Emerging Lens"
    21. Heidi Hartmann, "The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism: Towards a More Progressive Union"
    22. Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Servants of Globalization: Women, Migration, and Domestic Work
    23. Lila Abu-Lughod, "Orientalism and Middle East Feminist Studies"
    24. Mrinalini Sinha, "Gender and Nation"
    25. Monique Wittig, "One Is Not Born a Woman"
    26. R.W. Connell, "The Social Organization of Masculinity"
    27. Boundaries and Belongings

    28. Donna Kate Rushin, "The Bridge Poem"
    29. June Jordan, "Report from the Bahamas"
    30. Gloria Anzaldúa, "The New Mestiza Nation: A Multicultural Movement"
    31. Minnie Bruce Pratt, "Identity: Skin, Blood, Heart"
    32. Audre Lorde, "I am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities"
    33. Lionel Cantu with Eithne Luibheid and Alexandra Minna Stern, "Well Founded Fear: Political Asylum and the Boundaries of Sexual Identity in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands"
    34. Leila Ahmed, "The Veil Debate Again"
    35. Obioma Nnaemeka, "Forward: Locating Feminisms/Feminists"
    36. Andrea Smith, "Native American Feminism, Sovereignty, and Social Change"
    37. Marie Matsuda, "Beside My Sister, Facing the Enemy: Legal Theory Out of Coalition"


      Introduction: Theorizing Feminist Knowledge and Agency


      Standpoint Epistemologies/Situational Knowledges

    39. Nancy C.M. Hartsock, "The Feminist Standpoint: Toward a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism"
    40. Uma Narayan, "The Project of Feminist Epistemology: Perspectives from a Nonwestern Feminist"
    41. Patricia Hill Collins, "Defining Black Feminist Thought,"
    42. Cheshire Calhoun, "Separating Lesbian Theory From Feminist Theory"
    43. Donna Haraway, "Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective"
    44. Poststructuralist Epistemologies

    45. Luce Irigaray, "This Sex Which is Not One"
    46. Lata Mani, "Multiple Mediations: Feminist Scholarship in the Age of Multinational Reception"
    47. Sandra Bartky, "Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power"
    48. Judith Butler, "Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory"


      Introduction: Imagine Otherwise

      Bodies and Emotions

    50. Alison Jaggar, "Love and Knowledge: Emotion in Feminist Epistemology"
    51. Kathy Davis, "Reclaiming Women’s Bodies: Colonialist Trope or Critical Epistemology?"
    52. Sara Ahmed, "Multiculturalism and the Promise of Happiness"
    53. Lucille Clifton, "Lumpectomy Eve"
    54. Solidarity Reconsidered

    55. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, "‘Under Western Eyes’ Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles"
    56. Suzanna Danuta Walters, "From Here to Queer: Radical Feminism, Postmodernism, and the Lesbian Menace (Or, Why Can’t a Woman be More Like a Fag?)
    57. Paula M. L. Moya, "Chicana Feminism and Postmodernist Theory,"
    58. Malika Ndlovu, "Out of Now-here"

Works Cited



About the Editors

Carole R. McCann is Director and Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and an affiliate faculty member of the Language, Literacy, and Culture Graduate Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her research expertise includes, feminist science studies, twentieth century history of birth control, eugenics, and population, and feminist theory. Her publications include Birth control Politics in the United States, 1916-1945 (Cornell University Press, 1994, 1999). She is currently working on a book manuscript about masculinities in mid-century population sciences.

Seung-kyung Kim is Director and Associate Professor and Chair of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland College Park. Her research expertise includes gender and labor politics, Ethnography, Feminist Theory, and Women in East Asia and Asian America. The author of numerous articles and book chapters, her publications include Class Struggle or Family Struggle?: Lives of Women Factory Workers in South Korea (Cambridge University Press, 1997, 2009); South Korean Feminists Bargain: Progressive Presidencies and the Women’s Movement, 1998-2007 (forthcoming, Routledge). She is currently working on a book manuscript, Global Citizens in the Making?: Transnational Migration and Education in Kirogi Families.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General

Table of Contents and Preface