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Feminist Practices: Signs on the Syllabus

A classroom resource for instructors that includes full syllabi and teaching modules, Feminist Practices will be of interest to anyone who teaches in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies.  Feminist Practices is intended for use in classrooms and to spark creative ideas for teaching a diverse array of topics.

What makes a practice feminist? What is at stake in claiming the feminist label? Whether within a university context or in larger national and global ones, feminist projects involve challenging established relations of power (critique), envisioning alternative possibilities (theory), and employing activism to change social relations. By taking diverse forms of feminist practice as its focal point, this course reader investigates how to study the complexity of women’s and men’s lives in ways that take race, gender-power, ethnicity, class, and nationality seriously. Feminist Practices also shows how the production of such feminist knowledge challenges long-established beliefs about the world.

Topics covered include

• Gendered labor,
• Commercialization of sexuality and reproduction,
• Love and marriage in the twenty-first century,
• Violence against women,
• Varieties of feminist activism, and
• Women’s leadership and governance.

Feminist Practices draws upon articles published in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society to explore the nature of feminist practices in the twenty-first century and the range of issues these practices address. Organized thematically the collection captures the complexity of a global movement that emerges in the context of local struggles over diverse modes of injustice.

700 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2013

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

Course outline

Locating Knowledge in Time and Space

Which Women? Which Practices? Challenging the Scope of Feminism

Women’s Labor and the Politics of Race, Class, and Ethnicity

Commercializing Women’s Sexuality and Reproduction

Love and Marriage in the Twenty-First Century

Violence against Women

Varieties of Feminist Activism

Women’s Leadership and Governance

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