Women's Studies: The Basics: 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Women's Studies: The Basics

2nd Edition

By Bonnie G. Smith


200 pages

Purchasing Options:$ = USD
Paperback: 9781138495937
pub: 2019-03-25
SAVE ~$4.99
Hardback: 9781138495913
pub: 2019-03-19
SAVE ~$23.00
eBook (VitalSource) : 9781351022989
pub: 2019-03-06
from $19.98

FREE Standard Shipping!


Women’s Studies: The Basics is an accessible introduction to the pathbreaking and cross-disciplinary study of women—past and present. Tracing the history of the field from its origins, this revised and updated text sets out the main topics making up the discipline, exploring its global development and its relevance to our own times. A new chapter on militarization and violence provides fresh insight into trends in the contemporary world and adds to curricular significance. Reflecting the diversity of the field, core themes include:

  • The interdisciplinary nature of women’s studies
  • Core feminist theories and the feminist agenda
  • Issues of intersectionality: women, race, class, gender, ethnicity, and religion
  • Violence, militarization, security, and peace
  • Women, sexuality, and the body

Women’s Studies: The Basics provides an informed foundation for those new to the subject and is especially meant to guide undergraduates and postgraduates concentrating in women’s studies and gender studies. Those in related disciplines will find in it a valuable overview of and background to women-centered issues and concerns, including global ones. The work also provides an updated list of suggested reading to help in further study, classroom presentations, and written exercises.

Table of Contents

1. The Invention of Women’s Studies

2. The Foundations of Interdisciplinarity

3. Intersectionality and Difference: Race, Class, and Gender

4. Global Agendas

5. Violence, Militarization, Security, and Peace

6. Women’s Studies and the Question of Gender

7. Feminist Theories and Methods

8. Embodiment, Sexuality, Identity

9. Classrooms, Controversies, and Citizenship

10. The Future of Women’s Studies in Our Information Age

About the Author

Bonnie G. Smith is the author, editor, or co-author of more than twenty books and many essays in women’s and gender history, European and world history, and historiography. As Board of Governors Distinguished Professor at Rutgers University, she has taught women’s studies courses, including the comparative history of feminism.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

Learn more…

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Feminism & Feminist Theory
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies