Feminist Theory Reader: Local and Global Perspectives

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The third edition of the Feminist Theory Reader anthologizes the important classical and contemporary works of feminist theory within a multiracial transnational framework. This edition includes 16 new essays; the editors have organized the readings into four sections, which challenge the prevailing representation of feminist movements as waves.

Introductory essays at the beginning of each section lay out the framework that brings the readings together and provide historical and intellectual context.

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About the Author:

Carole R. McCann is Director and Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies and an affiliate faculty member of the Language, Literacy, and Culture Graduate Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Her research expertise includes, feminist science studies, twentieth century history of birth control, eugenics, and population, and feminist theory. Her publications include Birth control Politics in the United States, 1916-1945 (Cornell University Press, 1994, 1999). She is currently working on a book manuscript about masculinities in mid-century population sciences.

Seung-kyung Kim is Director and Associate Professor and Chair of Women’s Studies at the University of Maryland College Park. Her research expertise includes gender and labor politics, Ethnography, Feminist Theory, and Women in East Asia and Asian America. The author of numerous articles and book chapters, her publications include Class Struggle or Family Struggle?: Lives of Women Factory Workers in South Korea (Cambridge University Press, 1997, 2009); South Korean Feminists Bargain: Progressive Presidencies and the Women’s Movement, 1998-2007 (forthcoming, Routledge).  She is currently working on a book manuscript, Global Citizens in the Making?: Transnational Migration and Education in Kirogi Families.


In both its organization and its contents, McCann and Kim’s third edition intertwines foundational and contemporary approaches to feminist theory with multi-cultural and transnational perspectives. The new anthology provides a robust resource for classes and a good answer to that reductive question: "What can I read to help me understand feminism?"

--Sally L. Kitch, Women and Gender Studies, Arizona State University

With its innovative mix of classic and contemporary texts, topics, and themes; its multigenre, transnational approach; and its thoughtful challenge to the feminist movement "wave" metaphor, this magnificent collection should be required reading in women’s and gender studies and any other courses informed by the desire for inclusionary social-justice.

--AnaLouise Keating, Women’s Studies, Texas Woman’s University

While maintaining the rich diversity of authors and articles from earlier editions, the third edition of the Feminist Theory Reader includes critical re-thinkings of foundational feminist narratives. Significantly recasting the opening and closing sections, McCann and Kim illuminate the ways that scholarly assumptions about chronology, race, sexuality, and globalization have shaped (and distorted) feminist theories and practices and demonstrate the ways that scholars and activists continue to challenge themselves and the wider world to struggle against local and global inequalities.

--Nancy A. Hewitt, History and Women’s & Gender Studies, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

The two best features of the Feminist Theory Reader are: first, its wholehearted embrace of the theoretical importance of intersectionality and transnationalism; and second, its simultaneous engagement with global and local throughout the book.

--Jae Kyung Lee, Women’s Studies, Ewha Womans University

In this third edition of the Feminist Theory Reader, Carole R. McCann and Seung-kyung Kim have expanded their classic anthology by including articles that focus on the diversity of feminist theories. New readings that integrate multicultural and transnational perspectives join classic ones. The Feminist Theory Reader reaches several audiences: upper-division students, graduate students and scholars in feminist theory studies.

-- Alma M. Garcia, Sociology, Director of the Latin American Studies Program, Santa Clara University

Taken as a whole, this book is an excellent compendium of texts dealing with any branch of feminist enquiry and theory... I have no hesitation in recommending this excellent and comprehensive resource.

-- Deirdre Byrne, University of South Africa
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