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1st Edition

New Australian feminisms

Edited By

Barbara Caine

ISBN 9781863737760
Published March 1, 1995 by Routledge
252 Pages

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Book Description

Gender relations are in a period of transition. In this collection, some of Australia's leading writers and talented young scholars offer a systematic overview of the ways in which recent feminist analysis is shaping women's studies. They reflect on questions of power, difference, social structures, methodology and culture. They ask how feminism has changed in the past few years, and whether concepts like 'patriarchy' and 'oppression' are still relevant.

Contributors include: Ien Ang, Julie Ewington, Jill Matthews, Susan Sheridan, Sophie Watson and Anna Yeatman.

'All the liveliest feminist debates - postmodernist, deconstructionist, post-Marxist - are represented here. The scope is broad and the subject matter multidisciplinary. This book is new Australian feminism at its newest and best.' - Michele Barrett, Professor of Sociology, City University, London

Table of Contents


Introduction - Barbara Caine and Rosemary Pringle

1 Women's studies, feminist traditions and the problem of history - Barbara Caine

2 Feminism and method - Catherine Waldby

3 Knowing women: The limits of feminist psychology - Elizabeth Wilson

4 Interlocking oppressions - Anna Yeatman

5 I'm a feminist but... 'Other' women and postnational feminism - Ien Ang

6 Dancing modernity - Jill Julius Matthews

7 Reading the Women's Weekly: Feminism, femininity and popular culture - Susan Sheridan

8 Number magic: The trouble with women, art and representation - Julie Ewington

9 Keys to the musical body - Sally Macarthur

10 Writing/Eroticism/Transgression: Gertrude Stein and the experience of the other - Anna Gibbs

11 Of spanners and cyborgs: 'De-homogenising' feminist thinking on technology - Zoe Sofia

12 Reclaiming social policy - Sophie Watson

13 Beyond patriarchy and capitalism: Reflections on political subjectivity - J. K. Gibson-Graham

14 Rethinking prostitution - Barbara Sullivan

15 Destabilising patriarchy - Rosemary Pringle




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BARBARA CAINE is Associate Professor of History and Director of the Women's Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. She is the author of Destined to be Wives and Victorian Feminists and co-editor of Crossing Boundaries. ROSEMARY PRINGLE is Professor of Women's Studies at Griffith University in Brisbane. She is the author of Secretaries Talk, co-author of Gender at Work and co-editor of Defining Women.