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Gender and Sexuality

This accessible introduction to gender and sexuality theory offers a comprehensive overview and critique of the key contemporary literature and debates in feminism, sexuality studies and men's studies.

Chris Beasley's clear and concise introduction combines a wide-ranging survey of the major theorists and key concepts in an ever-growing and often passionately debated field.

The book contextualizes a wide range of feminist perspectives, including: modernist, liberal, postmodern, queer and gender difference feminism; and in the realm of sexuality studies covers modernist liberationism, social constructionism, transgender theorising and queer theory. In men's studies, Chris Beasley examines areas of debate ranging from gender and masculinity to questions of race, ethnicity, imperialism and gay masculinities. Interconnections between the subfields are highlighted, and Beasley considers the implications of body theory for all three.

Key theorists covered include:

Altman· Brod· Butler · Califia· Carbado· Connell· Dowsett · Grosz· Halberstam· Hook · Jackson· Jagose· Nussbaum· Rich· Seidman· Spivak· Stoltenberg· Weeks· Whittle· Wolf· Wollstonecraft

The only book of its kind to draw together all the important strands of gender analysis, Gender and Sexuality is a timely and impressive overview that is invaluable to students and academics taking courses on gender and feminist theory, sexuality and masculinity.

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Table of Contents

PART 1: GENDER/FEMINIST STUDIESGender and Feminism An OverviewModernist Emancipatory Feminism Liberal Feminism-Wollstonecraft to WolfLiberal Feminism: NussbaumGender Difference Feminism `Women-centred' Identity Politics to Sexual Difference-Rich to GroszPostmodern Psychoanalytic Feminism Sexual DifferenceDifferences Feminism and `Race'/Ethnicity/Imperialism (REI)- Hooks to SpivakREI Feminism HooksPostmodern Feminism ButlerQueering Gender/Queer Feminism Butler, WhittlePART TWO: SEXUALITY STUDIESSexuality Studies An OverviewModernist Liberationism AltmanSocial Constructionism Jackson, WeeksSocial Constructionism WeeksTransgender Theorising CalifiaQueer Theory Jagose, SeidmanPART THREE: GENDER/MASCULINITY STUDIESGender and Masculinity Studies An OverviewGender, Masculinity/Men's Studies and Feminism BrodRadical Pro-Feminism Between Gender Difference and Categorical Social Constructionism -StoltenbergDifferences Race/Ethnicity/Imperialism and Gay masculinities-Dowsett, CarbadoSocialist Pro-Feminism and Relational Social Constructionism-ConnellQueer(ing) Masculinity Studies Female Masculinity-Halberstam

About the Author

Dr. Chris Beasley is Professor in Politics and Co-Director of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender at the University of Adelaide. Dr Beasley primarily teaches in three areas of Political Studies: social and political theory, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural politics. She has been previously been located in Sociology, Women's Studies, Aboriginal Studies and Education. Her books include Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice (with Heather Brook and Mary Holmes, Routledge, 2012), Engaging with Carol Bacchi (edited with Angelique Bletsas, University of Adelaide Press, 2012), Gender & Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers (SAGE, 2005), What is Feminism? (Sage, 1999) and Sexual Economyths (Allen & Unwin, 1994). She is currently writing a book on contemporary popular film titled The Cultural Politics of Popular Film: Power, Culture and Society (with Heather Brook, Manchester UP) and preparing another book, Internet Dating (with Mary Holmes, Routledge). Dr Beasley is also engaged in several research projects, including critical thinking in the first year university experience, embodied ethics and revaluing care, innovations in heterosexuality and hetero-masculinity.

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