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ISBN-13: 978-0192805102 ISBN-10: 019280510X Edition: Reprint

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (January 12, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019280510X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192805102
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An enjoyable read." Rosie Blau, FT Magazine

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Margaret Walters is a freelance writer and reviewer. She has written for the Times Literary Supplement and the Sunday Times.

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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Quickhappy on October 27, 2009
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By H. Hoyt on August 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what I was looking for: an introduction into feminism that didn't take forever to read. Of course, it is highly selective of the material that is in here. But I'm very glad it didn't try to be at all comprehensive and instead chose a narrow focus. An introduction shouldn't try to cram in as much information as possible; instead, it should give you a starting point so you can start to understand a topic.

Yes, this focuses on English feminism. But as it is the Oxford introduction to feminism, that makes sense. Oxford is English, after all. I might have preferred more of an American viewpoint, but this book did exactly what I wanted it to: it gave me a really good grasp of the complexities of feminist theory and history in a very short space. And that is a HUGE accomplishment.

If you're looking for a more comprehensive book, this obviously isn't the right place. And if you already know a lot about feminism, this isn't really for you either. That's not what a very short introduction is for. If you know very little about feminism and want to a get a general idea of what people are talking about when they say "second wave feminism" and those sorts of things, this is a great start.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat on September 30, 2013
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thirdman on November 29, 2012
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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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This is a useless book if you are interested in the current ideas behind feminism. You will find nothing about contemporary (last 20 years) issues, but plenty of history. The history is of the antiquated "great man" kind and social forces outside individuals do not seem to exist. Very old-fashioned way of writing.

Most books in the series are pretty good and deal with current ideas. Not this book. One star
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