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1st Edition

The Routledge Global History of Feminism

ISBN 9781138999114
Published February 22, 2022 by Routledge
616 Pages

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Book Description

Based on the scholarship of a global team of diverse authors, this wide-ranging handbook surveys the history and current status of pro-women thought and activism over millennia.

The book traces the complex history of feminism across the globe, presenting its many identities, its heated debates, its racism, discussion of religious belief and values, commitment to social change, and the struggles of women around the world for gender justice. Authors approach past understandings and today’s evolving sense of what feminism or womanism or gender justice are from multiple viewpoints. These perspectives are geographical to highlight commonalities and differences from region to region or nation to nation; they are also chronological suggesting change or continuity from the ancient world to our digital age. Across five parts, authors delve into topics such as colonialism, empire, the arts, labor activism, family, and displacement as the means to take the pulse of feminism from specific vantage points highlighting that there is no single feminist story but rather multiple portraits of a broad cast of activists and thinkers.

Comprehensive and properly global, this is the ideal volume for students and scholars of women’s and gender history, women’s studies, social history, political movements and feminism.

Table of Contents


Bonnie G. Smith and Nova Robinson

Part 1: Feminism, What Is It?

1. Definitions: An Overview

Susan Kingsley Kent

2. Foundations, Elements, Roots

Bonnie G. Smith

3. Varieties of Feminist Activism

Valentine M. Moghadam

4. Feminism as Global Endeavor

Temma Kaplan and Nova Robinson

Part 2: Historical Perspectives

5. The Pre-modern World

Mika Ahuvia and Rena Lauer

6. The Early Modern World

Merry E. Wiesner-Hanks

7. The Nineteenth Century

Hyaeweol Choi

8. The Twentieth Century

Rumi Yasutake with Nova Robinson

9. The Digital Age and Beyond

Kate Eichhorn

Part 3: Regional Thought and Activism

10. The Pacific

Kirisitina Sailiata and Stephanie Nohelani Teves

11. East Asia

Louise Edwards, Kyungja Jung and Sally McLaren

12. Southeast Asia

Sharon A. Bong

13. South Asia

Ritty Lukose

14. Middle East and North Africa

Pernille Arenfeldt and Nawar Al-Hassan Golley

15. Sub-Saharan Africa: Religion

Ousseina D. Alidou

16. Sub-Saharan Africa: Rights

Shireen Hassim

17. Europe and Russia

Maria Bucur

18. Latin America and the Caribbean

Katherine M. Marino

19. North America

Laura K. Muñoz

Part 4: Topics in Feminism I: Politics and Society

20. Political Life and the Law

Mary Hawkesworth

21. Empire and Colonialism

H. Hazel Hahn

22. Decolonization

Todd Shepard

23. Nation and Nationalism

Mrinalini Sinha

24. Socialism

Zsófia Lóránd

25. Democracy

Mona L. Siegel

26. Thoughts: Disability

Maisam Alomar

27. Revolution

Nefertiti Takla

28. War, Peace, and Security

Aili Mari Tripp and Thomas S. Worth

29. Displacement

Zeynep Kıvılcım

Part 5: Topics in Feminism II: Thought, Structures, Culture

30. Intersections, Struggles

Natalie Cisneros

31. Mana Wahine

Georgina Tuari Stewart

32. The Arts

Jasmine Jamillah Mahmoud

33. Thoughts: The Body and Sexuality

Catherine Phipps

34. Religion

Ali Altaf Mian

35. Race and Ethnicity

Courtney Sato and Randa Tawil

36. Family

Julia Bowes

37. Poverty, Work, and Labor

Annelise Orleck

38. Technology

Cindy Lin

39. Thoughts: Ecofeminism and the Animal World

Laura Murray

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Bonnie G. Smith is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History Emerita, Rutgers University. She is the author of essays in women’s, gender, European, and world history as well as author, co-author, and editor of numerous books in these fields, including recently Women’s Studies: The Basics and Women in World History since 1450. 

Nova Robinson is an Associate Professor of History and International Studies at Seattle University. Her research is situated at the intersection of women’s history, Middle Eastern history, and the history of international governance. Her book Truly Sisters: Arab Women and International Women’s Rights is forthcoming.