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A clear, comprehensive, and indispensable introduction to the major traditions of feminist theory, Feminist Thought includes incisive, critical examinations of liberal feminism, radical feminism, Marxist and socialist feminism, and ecofeminism. This third edition has been thoroughly reformulated and expanded to include the latest developments in feminist thought, includingA clear, comprehensive, and indispensable introduction to the major traditions of feminist theory, Feminist Thought includes incisive, critical examinations of liberal feminism, radical feminism, Marxist and socialist feminism, and ecofeminism. This third edition has been thoroughly reformulated and expanded to include the latest developments in feminist thought, including a new chapter on care-focused feminism (Chapter 5), an exploration of the connections of multicultural and global feminism with postcolonial feminism (Chapter 6), and a close consideration of the links between postmodern feminism and third-wave feminism (Chapter 8). Key feminist theorists such as Judith Butler, Martha Nussbaum, and Eva Feder Kittay receive new or extended discussions. The bibliography, organized by topics within chapters, provides an invaluable aid to further research. An illuminating guide to the diversity of feminism, Feminist Thought continues to serve as the essential resource for students and thinkers who want to understand the theoretical origins and complexities of contemporary feminist debates. Contents Introduction; The Diversity of Feminist Thinking 1. Liberal Feminism 2. Radical Feminism; Libertarian and Cultural Perspectives 3. Marxist and Socialist Feminism; Classical and Contemporary 4. Psychoanalytic Feminism 5. Care-focused Feminism 6. Multicultural, Global, and Postcolonial Feminism 7. Ecofeminism 8. Postmodern and Third-wave Feminism Conclusion; Margins and Centers...

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  • missy jean
    2018-10-20 19:42

    I almost wrote "a comprehensive introduction," then I realized that's in the title. Anyway, it's true.

  • Patricia
    2018-10-20 21:37

    Easy to understand, but really white.

  • Cat
    2018-10-26 23:20

    Mostly comprehensive of second-wave, middle-class, straight white lady feminisms, and not so much on all the others. The section on multicultural/global/postcolonial feminisms is horrible, and frequently confuses Savior theorists for actual postcolonial thought, splendidly missing the point. Please just go read Black Feminist Thought, Feminism on the Border, and some non-Western feminists instead. Feminists of Color are rarely to be found in the book - Mary Daly gets about 7x the amount of coverage that bell hooks does, and none of the coverage mentions any of Daly's more controversial opinions.The section on postmodern/third wave is muddled and confusing, and she doesn't seem to be particularly sure what the actual thoughts are, just that she's not a fan of them. According to Tong, the second wave had at least 6 distinct schools of thought (or 7, if multicultural is a second wave phenomenon instead of a third wave one), but the third wave is largely homogenized despite her critique of it being that it doesn't homogenize enough. The section largely reads as a "kids today" rant than a synthesis of critical theory. It's also not clear why postmodern is included with third wave, given that most of the postmodern thinkers she cites were writing during the second wave. Her coverage of the Sex Wars gives quite a bit more coverage to the radical-cultural side, shows it entirely as a second-wave radical feminism phenomenon without looking at it as a second-wave/third wave phenomenon, and totally skips over the extent to which the Sex Wars contributed to the idea that feminism is anti-sexism for straight ladies, and queer theory is anti-sexism for queer ladies. (In fact, the term "queer theory" is totally missing from the book.) Additionally, radical feminism appears to magically end before the radical-cultural side went on a transphobic bender. How lucky of radical feminism to, apparently, end in the early '80s. In short, the book doesn't do much to answer many of the biggest criticisms of feminism, instead choosing to ignore those criticisms and voices. However, if what you're really looking for is the difference between Betty Friedan and Robin Morgan, this is a great book.

  • John
    2018-10-21 20:19

    As a man that consider himself not a feminist, at the best the core parts of first and second wave feminism that have actually made a different and that can be defended by common sense, I found it interesting to take a deeper dive into the confusing world of thought that feminisim in all it aspects are. I'm not totally unfamiliar with the issues, but still, reading through "A More Comprehensive Introduction" do widen your knowledge and scope, and you get more understanding for feminist thought in all it forms.There are however one big fault with the book. All the "criticism" sections are criticism from feminists to feminists, making them sometimes totally ok(that is, they do criticise valid points) but only within the feminist bubble. The whole book lack the criticism from philosophy at large and women and men who think feminism is not the big issue they make it to be. Most people it seem think women are ok, and they think men are ok - and laughs at there being a patriarchy. She only mention shortly a few people at the end, but shruggs them of. Also, it shows pretty well in the discussion she have about the gender pay gap - the criticism Tong knows about does not make it as valid, as she repeats the argument about 79 cents per dollar in the end.There is also a lot of criticism that I would make that never get the voice. For instance, why is Capitalism so patriarchal, but not Marxism, when it is in the Capitalist world that women have thrived and not in the Communist parts?Anyway, this is not a book about that discussion, it is a book about being objective about explaining feminist thought through history, and here it does it fairly well and sometimes really well. I do maybe lack a longer chapter than "ties it all together" kind of thing, because not all of history is current today - how is the landscape today, what strains of thought have died off and which ones have survived? What do feminists still fight for, what spesific causes(especially in the west)? Do they only fight for culture to change, or do they fight for a Marxist society? That kinf of things, but maye that is in another kind of book.

  • Kathleen O'Neal
    2018-10-22 23:19

    This is an excellent to introduction to the main ideas and important theorists in many schools of feminist thought and I recommend it highly. The two main weaknesses that I noticed with this book were that, firstly, a few feminist authors whose work I have engaged with in some depth were treated by Tong and/or Botts in a way that I did not think conveyed their thought in as accurate or nuanced a way as these ideas should have been conveyed. In particular, I felt that Shulamith Firestone's and Martha Nussbaum's work (and the so-called "libertarian radical feminist" and "global feminist" traditions they respectively represent in this volume were depicted in a quasi-caricatured manner) and secondly, that in an attempt to seem politically correct about feminist traditions arising from communities of color, these traditions were treated in a somewhat caricatured fashion as well with the problematic implication that the school of thought a feminist thinker belongs to may be wholly or partially determined by racial or ethnic background. Furthermore, I wish the book had dealt more seriously with feminist traditions arising from non-separatist lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender, and other sexual and gender minority communities' concerns, feminism coming out of traditions interested in promoting anti-ageist and/or anti-ableist ideas, and even challenges to feminist thought itself broadly construed. (Even though the authors mentioned Shulamith Firestone multiple times over the course of several chapters, included a bibliographic reference to Laura Purdy'a book about the supposed problems associated with youth liberation which challenges Firestone's liberationist thesis as well as that of other youth liberationist thinkers, and used the words "ageism" and "ableism" several times, these issues were never in fact discussed in any depth and that is unfortunate. Similarly, opportunities to look in depth at feminist controversies over transgender issues were not discussed in any depth and feminist traditions steeped in Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and secularist traditions were not discussed. All of these oversights represent unfortunate missed opportunities.) However, these complaints do not mean that this book is not a joy to read and a worthwhile resource that I would highly recommend to anyone interested in learning more about the past, present, and/or future of feminist thought.

  • Elevate Difference
    2018-10-20 18:19

    Rosemarie Tong’s Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction offers a clear, thorough introduction to feminist theory. With detailed chapters on Liberal Feminism; Radical Feminism; Marxist and Socialist Feminism; Psychoanalytic Feminism; Care-Focused Feminism; Multicultural, Global, and Postcolonial Feminism; Ecofeminism; and Postmodern and Third Wave Feminism, the book presents even-handed coverage of the major schools of feminist thought.The chapters are on average 30–35 pages long. The text is, thus, concise enough to be useful in survey or introductory feminist theory courses. The theoretical origins of each school thought are examined, and each chapter also considers supportive and opposing views in relation to the different ‘branches’ of feminism. As such, the book offers a useful dialogue that not only reveals the important contributions of these different feminisms (and the key thinkers from each branch), but also scrutinizes the unexamined assumptions and biases in each approach.While portions of the book are dry and a bit tedious to wade through, this is understandable given the wide-ranging coverage and the textbook type format. It would be difficult for any author, even one as obviously well-versed in feminist theory as Tong, to share a history of feminist thought that didn’t sometimes tend towards an encyclopedic style. Moreover, even though the coverage of primary sources becomes wearisome at times (especially for readers already well versed in feminist theory), the comprehensive approach that considers the strengths and weaknesses of each theoretical branch is well worth wading through (and particularly useful for those new to feminist theory).One area that seems missing in this revised addition is a consideration of transnational feminism. An overview of this branch, especially considering its current importance to the field, would have improved the chapter entitled “Multicultural, Global, and Postcolonial Feminism.” Another missing area of feminist thought is sexuality studies and queer theory. Given the explosive growth of these branches of thought, this seems an odd omission. However, in spite of these absences, the book is certainly a very useful introduction to feminist thought. In addition to being useful for survey courses in feminist theory, the book also serves as a great reference text to have on hand, especially given the excellent bibliography.Review by Professor What if

  • MM
    2018-10-30 17:42

    I'm using this in my into to women's studies class for the first time -- it's accessible and engaging. I wasn't sure I wanted to stick to the liberal/radical/Marxist/etc. approach, but turns out to be pretty useful in the intro class -- particularly for highlighting the idea that there is more than one feminism out there, for putting various approaches to feminism in conversation with each other and for providing conceptual overviews. I've been supplementing with lots of primary texts for them to read alongside and it seems to work pretty well.

  • Shell
    2018-11-12 19:22

    This is a great study aid for feminist theory. It provides a simple overview of various schools of feminist thought that lays a solid foundation for deeper exploration of feminist movements. It's easy to follow and interesting, although at times can feel dry despite the colloquial style. I felt it lacked adequate discussions of intersectionality, however the coverage of radical feminism was incredibly informative. Overall, a worthwhile read.

  • Reza Eskandary
    2018-11-13 20:32

    In fact, this book is a nice try to make a scientific and systematic review (and criticism) on feminist theories. But I'm not sure if it's completely succeeded. A reader with some feminist background can easily find the writer's tendency to radical-feminism. Maybe it's a necessity in our time, but it's not nice for a liberal feminist like me!

  • vylit
    2018-11-09 22:30

    Of all the books that comprehensively cover feminist theory, I find that Tong's is the most accessible, interesting, and broad in its scope. The book covers everything from the ideologies of the liberal feminists, to that of the psychoanalytic feminists. It describes ideological differences and the writings of the women who typify their "branch" of feminist theory.

  • Jaime Boswell
    2018-10-23 22:21

    Everything you could possibly want to know about Feminism and more. This book really helped me to pin down my stances and put my beliefs into a more clearly understandable definition.I'd recommend this book to anyone who is interested in women's rights/the history of women's rights/the varying degrees of feminism.

  • Liz
    2018-11-10 20:23

    Tong has done an excellent job of explaining the various feminist theories. It was informative and well written. Tong wrote clearly, while still presenting complex nuances. Highly recommended for someone wanting to know more about all sorts of feminism and philosophical thought!

  • Nurul Mahmudah
    2018-11-10 17:19

    Well, Tong provide comprehensively the scheme of feminist thought, brough together with deep analysis of differences and adversarials from one theory to another. Strongly recomended for you who learn feminism at first stage.

  • Aida
    2018-10-31 17:25

    a must for all students of feminism and gender studies.

  • M.r. Ambrose
    2018-11-10 21:40

    Reading this book for my feminist philosophy class. Already learning A LOT about the different kinds of feminism. I would consider it an academic read, but still easy to comprehend.

  • Millicent
    2018-10-18 01:32

    This is the definitive guide to the history of modern western feminist thought.

  • Dianyasmina Fajri
    2018-10-16 17:40

    kebencian dan kebingungan terhadap lawan jenis

  • Janie
    2018-11-06 18:27

    This book was mind-opening, full of different perspectives, and easy to read.

  • Umair Khalid
    2018-11-08 19:20

    a good read for Intro to all the feminist theories. Provides in depth analysis and opinion of leading feminists as well. A good starting point for academic studies.

  • Christina
    2018-10-19 21:43

    Very very dry reading.

  • Jesse
    2018-10-23 00:42

    This book covers so many different "sub-movements" within feminism. Two of my personal favorites are radical-cultural feminists, and ecofeminists. Hi-LAR-ious.

  • Ahmad Ibo
    2018-11-01 01:23

    buku ini bisa dibilang kitab sucinya kaum feminis. peneliti feminisme wajib punya buku ini, krn di buku inilah perkembangan feminisme dan beberapa aliran dr 3 gelombang feminisme dijabarkan.

  • Libia
    2018-11-13 19:16

    Great introduction or review of Feminist Theories.