Modern Feminist Thought
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Modern Feminist Thought

From the Second Wave to 'Third Wave' Feminism

Imelda Whelehan

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  2. English
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eBook - PDF

Modern Feminist Thought

From the Second Wave to 'Third Wave' Feminism

Imelda Whelehan

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About This Book

This introduction provides a critical survey of the dominant trends in Anglo-American feminist thought since 1968. From the historical roots of second-wave feminism to current debates about feminist theory and politics, it sets out the different philosophies and political positions before relating them to feminism in the 1990s. Chapters analyse issues such as sexuality, representation, consciousness-raising and ideology from liberal, socialist, radical, black and lesbian feminist perspectives. Current crises which threaten to divide the women's movement are discussed, such as 'men in feminism', postmodernism, and the notion of a backlash fuelled by detractors like Camille Paglia and Kate Roiphe.

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Table of contents

  1. Contents
  2. Acknowledgements
  3. Introduction
  5. 1 Liberal Feminism: The Origins of the Second Wave
  6. 2 Marxist/Socialist Feminism: Reconstructing Male Radicalism
  7. 3 Radical Feminism: Redefining Politics
  8. 4 Lesbian Feminism: Exploding 'Heteroreality'
  9. 5 Black Feminism: Reimagining 'Equality'
  11. 6 Crisis in Feminism?: Feminist Debates in the '80s and '90s
  12. 7 Sites of Fissure: Putting the Politics of the Personal to the Test
  13. 8 Men in Feminism
  14. 9 Feminism, Postmodernism and Theoretical Developments
  15. 10 Identity Crisis?: 'Post-feminism', the Media and 'Feminist Superstars'
  16. Conclusion
  17. Notes
  18. Bibliography
  19. Index
Citation styles for Modern Feminist Thought

APA 6 Citation

Whelehan, I. (2020). Modern Feminist Thought (2nd ed.). Edinburgh University Press. Retrieved from (Original work published 2020)

Chicago Citation

Whelehan, Imelda. (2020) 2020. Modern Feminist Thought. 2nd ed. Edinburgh University Press.

Harvard Citation

Whelehan, I. (2020) Modern Feminist Thought. 2nd edn. Edinburgh University Press. Available at: (Accessed: 14 October 2022).

MLA 7 Citation

Whelehan, Imelda. Modern Feminist Thought. 2nd ed. Edinburgh University Press, 2020. Web. 14 Oct. 2022.