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1st Edition

Feminism, Cultural Theory and Cultural Forms

ISBN 9780415114752
Published August 8, 1997 by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

Once seen as synonymous with "anti-feminism" postfeminism i now understood as the theoretical meeting ground between feminism and anti-foundationalist movements such as postmodernism, post-structuralism and post-colonialsm. In this clear exposition of some of the major debates, theorists and practitioners, Ann Brooks shows how feminism is being redefined for the twenty first century. Individual chapters look at postfeminism in relation to feminist epistemology, Foucault, psychoanalytic theory and semiology postmodernism and postcolonialism, cultural politics, popular culture, film and media, and sexuality and identity For all students looking for guidance through the sometimes murky waters of contemporary feminist theory, this book wil provide a reassuring first port of call.

Table of Contents

Introduction; Part 1 Challenging and Fragmenting the Consensus of the ‘Second Wave’; Part 2 Consensus and Conflict in Second Wave Feminism; Part 3 Feminism’s ‘Turn to Culture’—a Paradigm Shift in Feminist Theorising?; Part 4 Challenging the Basis of The Feminist Epistemological Project; Part 5 Foucault and Postfeminism; Part 6 Psychoanalytic Theory, Semiology and Postfeminism; Part 7 THE ‘Landscape OF Postfeminism’; Part 8 Postfeminism and Cultural Forms; Part 9 Postfeminisms and Cultural Politics; Part 10 Postfeminism and Popular Culture; Part 11 Postfeminist Variations Within Media and Film Theory; Part 12 Postfeminisms and Cultural Space: Sexuality, Subjectivity and Identity; Part 13 Conclusion;

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Ann Brooks is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Massey University, New Zealand.


'Postfeminisms offers a comprehensive and imaginative mapping of the politico-theoretical shift brought about in feminism's agenda through its encounters with poststructuralism, postmodernism and postcolonialism ... a useful text for undergraduates in women's studies and cultural studies.' - Anna Yeatman, Macquarie University, Australia