Feminism as a method, a movement, a critique, and an identity has been the subject of debates, contestations and revisions in recent years, yet contemporary global developments and political upheavals have again refocused feminism’s collective force. What is feminism now? How do scholars and activists employ contemporary feminism? What feminist traditions endure? Which are no longer relevant in addressing contemporary global conditions?
In this interdisciplinary collection, scholars reflect on how contemporary feminism has shaped their thinking and their field as they interrogate its uses, limits, and reinventions. Organized as a set of questions over definition, everyday life, critical intervention, and political activism, the Handbook takes on a broad set of issues and points of view to consider what feminism is today and what current forces shape its future development. It also includes an extended conversation among major feminist thinkers about the future of feminist scholarship and activism.
The scholars gathered here address a wide variety of topics and contexts: activism from post-Soviet collectives to the Arab spring, to the #MeToo movement, sexual harassment, feminist art, film and digital culture, education, technology, policy, sexual practices and gender identity. Indispensable for scholars undergraduate and postgraduate students in women, gender, and sexuality, the collection offers a multidimensional picture of the diversity and utility of feminist thought in an age of multiple uncertainties.
Contemporary Feminism: Editors’ Introduction Section I: Ways of Being 1. Taking Exception Seriously: Essentialism, Constructionism, and Proliferation of Particularities 2. Stories are Data with Soul: Lessons from Black Feminist Epistemology 3. In Does Feminism Have a Generation Gap? Blogging, Millennials, and the Hip Hop Generation 4. Too Soon for Postfeminism 5. Lost in Translation: Challenging (White, Monolingual Feminism’s) Choice with Justicia Reproductiva 6. On Feminist Frontier: On Trans and Feminism Section II: Ways of Living 7. Everyday Life Studies and Feminism 8. Making Culture and Doing Feminism 9. Surveillance is a Feminist Issue 10. Hookup Culture and Higher Education 11. Circling Back: Electronic Literature and Material Feminism Section III: Ways In 12. Gender and Schooling: Progress, Persistent Inequalities and Possible Solutions 13. Why We Need Feminist Games Studies 14. Acting Out: Performing Feminism in the Contemporary Art Museum 15. Can’t I Just be a Filmmaker? Women’s and Feminist Film Festivals’ Resurgence in a Postfeminist World Section IV: Ways of Contesting 16. Women Organized Against Sexual Harassment: Protesting Sexual Violence on Campus, Then and Now 17. Online Feminism: Global Phenomenon, Local Perspective 18. Arab Women’s Feminism(s), Resistance(s) and Activism(s) Within and Beyond the "Arab Spring": Potentials, Limitation, and Future prospects 19. Pussy Riot: A Feminist Band Lost in History and Translation 20. None of this is New (Media): Feminisms in the Social Media Age Section V: Coda A Conversation with Sherry Ortner, Jack Halberstam and Tressie MacMillan Cotto
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