5th Edition

Feminist Theory Reader Local and Global Perspectives

Edited By Carole McCann, Seung-kyung Kim, Emek Ergun Copyright 2021
    532 Pages
    by Routledge

    532 Pages
    by Routledge

    The fifth edition of the Feminist Theory Reader assembles readings that present key aspects of the conversations within intersectional US and transnational feminisms and continues to challenge readers to rethink the ways in which gender and its multiple intersections are configured by complex, overlapping, and asymmetrical global–local configurations of power.

    The feminist theoretical debates in this anthology are anchored by five foundational concepts—gender, difference, women’s experiences, the personal is political, and especially intersectionality—which are integral to contemporary feminist critiques. The anthology continues to center the voices of transnational feminist scholars with new essays giving it a sharper focus on the materiality of gender injustices, racisms, ableisms, colonialisms, and especially global capitalisms. Theoretical discussions of translation politics, cross-border solidarity building, ecofeminism, reproductive justice, #MeToo, indigenous feminisms, and disability studies have been incorporated throughout the volume.

    With the new essays and the addition of a new editor, the Feminist Theory Reader has been brought fully up to date and will continue to be a touchstone for women’s and gender studies students, as well as academics in the field, for many years to come.


    Preface to the Fifth Edition  Acknowledgements  Feminist Theory: Local and Global Perspectives – Introduction   Section 1: Theorizing Feminist Times and Spaces  Box 1 - Simone De Beauvoir – The Other  Box 2 - Gayle Rubin – Sex/Gender System  Box 3 - Joan Scott – Dimensions of Gender  Box 4 - Audre Lorde – Poetry is Not a Luxury & Transformation of Silence  Box 5 - Kimberly Crenshaw – Intersectionality  Part 1: Mid-twentieth Century Foundations  1. The Day the Mountains Move Yosano Akiko  2. Women’s Liberation: Seeing the Revolution Clearly Sara M. Evans  3. Lost Visions of Equality: The Labor Origins of the Next Women’s Movement Dorothy Sue Cobble  4. Globalization of the Local/Localization of the Global: Mapping Transnational Women’s Movements Amrita Basu  5. A Black Feminist Statement The Combahee River Collective  6.La Chicana Elizabeth Martinez  7. Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance Cheryl Clarke  8. Bargaining with Patriarchy Deniz Kandiyoti  Part 2: Moving Beyond Binaries and Borders  9. Lost (And Found?) in Translation: Feminisms in Hemispheric Dialogue Claudia de Lima Costa  10. Reweaving the World, Introduction Irene Diamond and Gloria Feman Orenstein  11. Understanding Reproductive Justice Loretta Ross  12. The Transfeminist Manifesto Emi Koyama  13. Reckoning with the Silences of #MeToo Ashwini Tambe  Section 2: Theorizing Intersectionality and Difference  Box 6 - Adrienne Rich – The Politics of Location  Box 7 - Gloria Anzaldúa – Mestiza Consciousness  Box 8 - Karl Marx – Historical Materialism  Box 9 - Edward Said – Orientalism  Box 10 - Walter Mignolo – Decolonization  Box 11 - Monique Wittig – The Myth of Woman  Part 1: Intersectionality  14. Critical Thinking about Inequality: An Emerging Lens Bonnie Thornton Dill and Ruth Enid Zambrana  15. Jennifer C. Nash, Re-thinking Intersectionality  16. Vrushali Patil, From Patriarchy to Intersectionality: A Transnational Feminist Assessment of How Far We’ve Really Come  Part 2: Configurations of Difference  17. Heidi Hartmann, The Unhappy Marriage of Marxism and Feminism: Towards a More Progressive Union  18. Andrea Smith, Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy: Rethinking Women of Color Organizing  19.  Lila Abu-Lughod, Orientalism and Middle East Feminist Studies 20. Mrinalini Sinha, Gender and Nation  21. Maile Arvin, Eve Tuck, and Angie Morrill, Decolonizing Feminism: Challenging Connections Between Settler Colonialism and Heteropatriarchy  22. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory  23.Raewyn Connell, The Social Organization of Masculinity Part 3. Boundaries and Belongings  24. Donna Kate Rushin, The Bridge Poem  25. June Jordan, Report from the Bahamas  26. Minnie Bruce Pratt, Identity: Skin, Blood, Heart  27. Audre Lorde, I am Your Sister: Black Women Organizing Across Sexualities 28. Lionel Cantú with Eithne Luibheid and Alexandra Minna Stern, Well Founded Fear: Political Asylum and the Boundaries of Sexual Identity in the U.S.–Mexico Borderlands 29. Simone Chess, Alison Kafer, Jessi Quizar, and Mattie Udora Richardson, Calling All Restroom Revolutionaries!  30. Leila Ahmed, The Veil Debate –Again  31. Obioma Nnaemeka, Captured in Translation: Africa and Feminisms in the Age of Globalization  32. Aimee Carrillo Rowe, Settler Xicana: Postcolonial and Decolonial Reflections on Incommensurability SECTION III: Theorizing Feminist Knowledge and Agency  Box 12 - Patricia Hill Collins – Matrix of Domination Box 13 - Chandra Talpade Mohanty – "Under Western Eyes" Box 14 - Chela Sandoval – Oppositional Consciousness Box 15 - Michel Foucault – Normalization Box 16 - Judith Butler – The Gender Binary Part One: Standpoints and Situated Knowledges  33. Nancy C.M. Hartsock, The Feminist Standpoint: Toward a Specifically Feminist Historical Materialism  34. Patricia Hill Collins, Defining Black Feminist Thought  35. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, "Under Western Eyes" Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles 36. Donna Haraway, Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective  37. Cathy J. Cohen, Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics  38. Sandra Harding, Standpoint Theories: Productively Controversial  39. Cherríe Moraga, The Welder  Part Two: Subject Formation and Performativity  40. Lata Mani, Multiple Mediations: Feminist Scholarship in the Age of Multinational Reception  41. Sandra Lee Bartky, Foucault, Femininity, and the Modernization of Patriarchal Power   41. Judith Butler, Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory  Part Three: Embodied and Affective Knowledge  42. Alison M. Jaggar, Love and Knowledge: Emotion in Feminist Epistemology  43. Sara Ahmed, Multiculturalism and the Promise of Happiness  44. Kathy Davis, Reclaiming Women’s Bodies: Colonialist Trope or Critical Epistemology?  45. Bettina Judd, In 2006 I Had an Ordeal with Medicine SECTION IV: Imagine Otherwise/Solidarity Reconsidered Box 17 - Avery Gordon – Imagine Otherwise Box 18 - Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing – Friction  Box 19 - Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak – The Politics of Translation  Box 20 - Vandana Shiva – Women’s Ecological Struggles  Imagine Otherwise  46. Jasbir K. Puar, "I Would Rather be a Cyborg than a Goddess": Becoming-Intersectional in Assemblage Theory  47. Viviane Namaste, Undoing Theory: The ‘Transgender Question’ and the Epistemic Violence of Anglo-American Feminist Theory  48. AnaLouise Keating, "I’m a Citizen of the Universe": Gloria Anzaldua’s Spiritual Activism as Catalyst for Social Change  49. Nirmala Erevelles, The Color of Violence: Reflecting on Gender, Race, and Disability in Wartime Solidarity Reconsidered  50. Breny Mendoza, Transnational Feminisms in Question  51. Na-Young Lee, The Korean Women’s Movement of Japanese Military ‘Comfort Women’: Navigating between Nationalism and Feminism   52. Niamh Moore, Eco/Feminism and Rewriting the End of Feminism: From the Chipko Movement to Clayoquot Sound  53. Eileen Boris and Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Intimate Labors, Introduction   54. Malika Ndlovu, Out of Now-Here  Works Cited  Credits  Index






    Carole R. McCann is Professor and Chair of the Department of Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She is the author most recently of Figuring the Population Bomb: Gender and Demography in the Mid-Twentieth Century.

    Seung-kyung Kim is Korea Foundation Chair in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures; Director of the Institute for Korean Studies in the School of Global and International Studies; and Affiliate Faculty of the Gender Studies Department at Indiana University Bloomington.

    Emek Ergun is an Assistant Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Global Studies at UNC Charlotte. She is also the co-editor of Feminist Translation Studies (Routledge, 2017). She is an activist feminist translator and her most recent translation is of Octavia Butler’s Kindred, published in Turkey in 2019.

    Remarkably rich in its selection and insightful in its execution, the fifth edition of Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives, edited by Carole McCann, Seung-Kyung Kim, and Emek Ergun is a significant resource for all feminist readers, including students, teachers, and activists. In attending to key recent debates and the dynamism and vibrancy of feminist scholarship, this anthology covers an impressive terrain from the intimate to the global and provides a terrific introduction to a wide range of frameworks and perspectives, including intersectional queer theories of performativity, postcolonial and decolonial theories of subjectivity, indigenous feminist studies, translation studies, and disability studies.

    Richa Nagar, Professor of the College, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

    Building on the rich cross-border engagements that characterized previous editions of the Feminist Theory Reader, the fifth edition of this now-classic collection includes new works on decolonial feminism, indigenous feminism, feminisms in translation, spiritual activism and more to help readers negotiate contemporary debates within the field. This is an ideal text for anyone seeking to become an informed, critical, and reflexive thinker and activist for social justice. 

    Suzanne Bergeron, Helen Mataya Graves Collegiate Professor of Women’s Studies and Social Sciences at University of Michigan-Dearborn