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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Introducing Gender and Women's Studies

Edition 4th Edition
ISBN 9781137321879
Publication Date July 2015
Formats Paperback Hardcover Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

The fourth edition of this classic, comprehensive and best-selling text on gender and women's studies marks over twenty years of engaging with the key issues and developments in gender and feminist theory. With fully revised chapters written by specialists across a range of core topics, including sexuality, work, the media, race, education, family, bodies, masculinity, methodologies, social movements and politics, this accessible but academically rigorous collection breaks down contemporary debates with helpful examples and questions, whilst also underlining the complexities and contradictions of this area of study.

In particular, this new edition:

• continues to reflect the shift from 'women's studies' to 'gender studies', incorporating masculinity studies throughout;
• features new chapters on violence and the environment, reflecting continuing and more recent feminist concerns;
• includes expanded discussion of intersectionality, international and transnational issues.

Coinciding with an upsurge in new forms of feminist politics, this timely publication confirms the continuing relevance of gender and women's studies. It remains an indispensable resource for students, academics and anyone interested in this lively field.

Victoria Robinson is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Women's Studies at the University of York, UK. Her recent books include Masculinities in Transition (2011, with Jenny Hockey) and Everyday Masculinities and Extreme Sport (2008). 

Diane Richardson is Professor of Sociology at Newcastle University, UK. Her recent books include Sexuality, Equality and Diversity (2012, with Surya Monro) and Intersections Between Feminist and Queer Theory (2012, with Janice McLaughlin and Mark E. Casey). With Victoria Robinson, she co-edits the Genders and Sexualities in the Social Sciences book series (Palgrave Macmillan).

SECTION I: THEORY AND POLITICS 1. Conceptualizing Gender; Diane Richardson
2. Feminist Theories; Sally Hines
3. Feminist Politics: From Activism to Representation; Nickie Charles
4. Masculinity Studies, Gender Relations and Feminism; Victoria Robinson
5. Gender Sensitive Method/ologies; Gayle Letherby
SECTION II: BODIES –IDENTITIES 6. Gendered Bodies: Gendered Lives; Kath Woodward
7. Violence Against Women; Liz Kelly
8. Racing the Feminist Agenda: Exploring the Intersections Between Race, Ethnicity and Gender; Kate Reed
9. Sexuality; Priscilla Dunk-West and Heather Brook
SECTION III: INSTITUTIONS 10. Families, Domesticity and Intimacy: Changing Relationships in Changing Times; Stevi Jackson
11. Postfeminist Educational Media Panics, Girl Power and the Problem/Promise of 'Successful Girls'; Jessica Ringrose and Debbie Epstein
12. Transformation and Persistence in the Gender Division of Work; Zoe Irving
13. Media and Popular Culture; Ruth Holliday
14. Gender and Environment: Feminist Thought, Politics and Practice; Dianne Rocheleau and Padini Nirmal.

Heather Brook
Nickie Charles
Priscilla Dunk-West
Debbie Epstein
Sally Hines
Ruth Holliday
Zoe Irving
Stevi Jackson
Liz Kelly
Gayle Letherby
Padini Nirmal
Kate Reed
Jessica Ringrose
Diane Rocheleau
Kath Woodward


This 4th edition contains some of the best writing and research I have ever seen on gender and women's studies. As always, Robinson and Richardson have brought together a set of authors of exceptionally high quality. A brilliant volume! Bravissima!' – Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Professor, Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara, USA
'This accessible and richly informed volume provides a lucid outline of the variety of writing in gender and women's studies, as well as suggesting possible issues for further debate and discussion.' – Mary Evans, Centennial Professor, Gender Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK
'One of the first things that struck me when reading Introducing Gender and Women's Studies was how much important material they have been able to cover, whilst making the text accessible and easy to follow, providing a wellrounded and thought-provoking discussion of key issues within the field.' - Charlotte Dann, University of Northampton, UK
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