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Feminist Theory

A Critique of Ideology

"A crucial task for feminst scholars," wrote Michelle Rosaldo over two years ago in Signs, "emerges, then, not as the relatively limited one of documenting pervasive sexism as a social fact–or showing how we can now hope to change or have in the past been able to survive it. Instead, it seems that we are challenged to provide new ways of linking the particulars of women’s lives, activities, and goals to inequalities wherever they exist."

Feminist Theory: A Critique of Ideology meets that challenge. Collected from several issues of Signs–Journal of Women in Culture and Society, these essays explore the relationships between objectivity and masculinity, between psychology and political theory, and between family and state. In pursuing these critical explorations, the contributors–liberal, Marxist, socialist, and radical feminists–examine the foundations of power, of sexuality, of language, and of scientific thought.

313 pages | 6.00 x 9.00 | © 1983

Gender and Sexuality

Women's Studies

Table of Contents


Feminism, Marxism, Method, and the State: An Agenda for Theory
Catherine A. MacKinnon

Women’s Time
Julia Kristeva

Female Consciousness and Collective Action: The Case of Barcelona, 1910-1918
Temma Kaplan

The Sexual Politics of the New Right: Understanding the "Crisis of Liberalism" for the 1980s
Zillah R. Eisenstein


On "Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existance": Defining the Issues
Ann Ferguson, Jacquelyn N. Zita, and Kathryn Pyne Addelson

Archimedes and the Paradox of Feminist Criticism
Myra Jehlen

Storming the Toolshed
Jane Marcus


For and About Women: The Theory and Practice of Women’s Studies in the United States
Marilyn J. Boxer

The Way of All Ideology
Susan Griffin


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