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Feminism: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 27. Oktober 2005


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"An enjoyable read." Rosie Blau, FT Magazine

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How much have women's lives really changed? In the West women still come up against the 'glass ceiling' at work, most earning considerably less than their male counterparts. What are we to make of the now commonplace insistence that feminism deprives men of their rights and dignities? And how does one tackle the issue of female emancipation in different cultural and economic environments - in, for example, the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, and Africa? This book provides an historical account of feminism, exploring its earliest roots as well as key issues including voting rights, the liberation of the sixties, and its relevance today. Margaret Walters touches on the difficulties and inequities that women still face more than forty years after the 'new wave' of 1960s feminism, such as how successful women are at combining domesticity, motherhood, and work outside the house. She brings the subject completely up to date by providing an analysis of the current situation of women across the globe, from Europe and the United States to Third World countries.

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1.0 von 5 Sternen Terribly misses the mark: a very poor introduction to feminism 27. Oktober 2009
Von Quickhappy - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
Oxford University Press's Very Short Introductions is a useful series. The books can rapidly introduce people to a given subject, in a readable and accessible way. I'm sorry to report that what should have been one of the best and most important works in the series--Feminism--is among Oxford's worst offerings. It is a great letdown. This diservice to readers desparately needs to be replaced.

My review of this book is not a reflection on Professor Walters, nor on her narrative. Dr. Walters competently reviews a number of leading English women and gives glimpses into the ways in which they advanced feminist thought. I particularly enjoyed reading her remarks about Mary Wollstonecraft. Dr. Walters is a clear writer who is well-acquainted with the history of feminism in England. However, Oxford chose not to market this book under its true auspices: "Feminist Women of England: A Very Short Introduction." Rather, OUP mislabled the book, presumably so as to mass market it.

Unfortunately, this isn't a book about *feminism*! It is only is a set of bios about English feminists and proto-feminists. The book offers little insight into major feminists from other lands, nor does it reflect on key historical moments, nor does it provide an overview of feminist theory! A basic book of feminism should, at the very least, consider the gendered division of labor, discussions of the body, notes on the intersection of gender and race/sexuality/class, and insight into to momentous thresholds in theory and politics. With all due respect to the author and the press, this book utterly fails to live up to its title.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Oxford = British Focus 29. November 2012
Von Thirdman - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
Hits the highlights of feminist authors from UK/US, but the historical focus is heavily British. This is ok, but I didn't pay much attention to the fact it was published by Oxford, so I was surprised. (There is one shortish chapter on world feminist movements at the end.) US readers should supplement this.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen An Easy to Read Great Snapshot of Historical Feminism (limited scope) 10. Juli 2014
Von KDunc - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
This book included great highlights, quotes and exerts of historical feminism largely from a British point of view. I enjoyed reading about and being introduced to many characters that have fought for equaility over the centuries. This is a very quick read and I would recommend it to anyone looking to jump into the subject of feminism realizing that it is from an English perspective so not quite as diverse as one might hope for a subject relating to equality.

I also enjoyed even reading about some male characters that fought for women's rights like John Stuart Mill. I really enjoyed his quote "But was there ever any domination which did not appear natural to those who possessed it?"

Overall it was a great book, not thorough, but you can't expect that from a intro book.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Feminism: A Very Short Introduction 30. September 2013
Von Damaskcat - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
This is a useful overview of the history of feminism. It doesn't go into the rights and wrongs of feminism at any point in history it simply relates information about people who wrote on the subject or were involved in the various groups set up to change the way women were treated and perceived.

The book mainly looks at Britain with some digressions to the US and to Europe and brief information about feminism in the Third World. I found the pre-nineteenth century chapters of great interest as I was not familiar with many of the names mentioned.

The book is written in a low-key style with plenty of quotations form sources as well as notes on chapters and a reading list and index. If you're looking for a simple overview of the subject you could do worse than read this as it can act as a starting off point for further reading.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Shipshape 28. März 2016
Von HH - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Taschenbuch
This is an extremely good survey of feminism -- concise, readable, and full of useful information about the history of feminism in England and the state of feminism across the world today. The book provides a history rather than arguing a case. Most of the book concentrates on the development of feminism in England from mediaeval times to the present, with an occasional look to the European or American context. The final chapters move out to discuss 20th century feminism across the world. The book does not go into detail about present day Western women; there is no analysis of the pay gap or the proportion of women in influential positions. It is very much a straight history of English feminism with an attempt to internationalize the subject at the end.

Walters provides a very coherent account of English feminism. She begins by discussing the religious roots of feminism. Mediaeval and early modern women like Julian of Norwich and Jane Anger would not have called themselves feminists (the English word only appeared in the 1890s); but they used scriptural imagery and arguments to create positive images of women in contrast to the commonplaces of clerical misogynist thought. Speaking your mind in 17th-century England could be a dangerous business. When Lady Eleanor Davis "took upon her (which much unbeseemed her sex) not only to interpret the Scriptures…but also to be a prophetess", she was fined and imprisoned in Bedlam. Davis had also had the audacity to publish, and whether they were secular or religious, this proved a source of criticism for writers from Aphra Behn to Mary Wollstonecraft and beyond.

Walters includes lots of lesser known figures like Lady Mary Wroth (Sir Philip Sidney’s niece and fellow writer), and Catherine Macaulay who urged the improvement of women’s education shortly before Wollstonecraft wrote her famous Vindication. This places in context reformers like Wollstonecraft who may sometimes seem like isolated voices or mavericks. Similarly, Walters highlights the role played by the "ladies of Langham Place" who had become a campaigning force for Victorian women’s educational and employment rights, and who were pressing for female suffrage long before the Pankhursts took to the streets with the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).

The visual tactics of the suffragettes themselves are especially well-illustrated with black and white photos. Walters also explains how women’s publications grew more programmatic, and women themselves grew more organised in their lobbying. This is not a simplified narrative of lone individuals eventually coming together in highly coordinated campaign groups. She points out that there were always women who did not want to identify themselves with any sort of movement. However, there is a good sense of how over the centuries, feminists have identified key issues like education or legal equality, linking them together in an increasingly self-aware and organized way.

Walters's history of English feminism goes up to World War II. For the final two chapters, she moves into a wider context to look at the development of second wave feminism, and at women’s movements all over the world. This is where I felt there was a slight problem with the book. The material is just as useful and interesting, but it has the feeling of being tagged on. She also gives potted histories of 20th-century feminism in certain areas like Latin America and Russia. Equally, she points out the importance of local complicating factors of class and culture, with modern feminism in Iran naturally being different from that in Brazil or Africa or the West.
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