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Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics

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Lorber (City U. of New York) gives an overview of organized feminism, its types, its approach to gender equality, and its theories and politics. She then offers a series of classic and new readings in gender reform feminism (liberal, Marxist, socialist, post-colonial), gender resistance (radical, lesbian, psychoanalytic, standpoint) and gender rebe
Hardcover, Third Edition, 343 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Roxbury Publishing Company (first published April 28th 1998)
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Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Aside from the chapter on Third Wave Feminism (which just seemed like Lorber didn't "get it"), this book is a good guide for the various feminist theories. I like the way she organized the book into three different sections instead of just listing the theories chapter by chapter, as I've seen in similar books.
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Grace by: Feminist Theory
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This book achieved its intention of giving an overview of the major feminist theories. After reading this book, I have a much better knowledge of the feminisms discussed, including their specific contributions and politics as well as their similarities and differences with other feminisms. I also appreciated the inclusion of secondary source/article excerpts in each chapter. My class did find fault with Lorber's critiques of many of these feminisms as well as her handling of certain subjects, su ...more
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a textbook read for school, but it's probably my favorite "textbook" I've ever encountered because it's so accessible.

Lorber introduces the reader to every concept thoughtfully and tactfully, so prior knowledge of feminism or feminist history is not required. She explains in the intro things like the gendered social order and what the heck "feminist theory and politics" even means.

She covers a vast array of feminist theory, from socialist feminism to Marxist feminism to ecofeminism to
Nov 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is an excellent look at gender in a wide spectrum. The major weakness is Lorber's lack of depth in certain areas; however, if you consider its span, you'll also see there's not much room to delve into concepts fully (so, you can find what you like, then read about it) and for the uniformed reader, it's an excellent starting point. It's also great for feminist classes that are an overview of feminism rather than very topic orientated.
Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
A decent overview of the different types of feminist theories. Could be organized better, and more information could be given. But, on the whole, a good mix of information that gives a good base for an introductory course. Easy reading and short chapters make it a good book to be assigned in class.
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Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
A good introduction to a variety of feminist theories, their theoretical goals, policy initiatives, and criticisms. The points are well elaborated on through direct quotations from the work of prominent feminists and academics in the field. All in all this is an excellent text for students of gender or feminist studies as well as students of political science.
Apr 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
ladies dreams, nice
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Mar 10, 2014 rated it liked it
As some others have stated, there is a lack of depth in some areas but overall it is good starting point for anyone interested in feminist theory.
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Judith Lorber is Professor Emerita of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York. She is a foundational theorist of social construction of gender difference.
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