Feminist Frontiers 9th Edition

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About the Author

Nancy Whittier is Associate Professor of Sociology and a member of the Women's Studies Program Committee at Smith College. She teaches courses on gender, social movements, queer politics, and research methods. She received her Ph.D. from the Ohio State University, where she held a University Fellowship and a Presidential Dissertation Fellowship. Professor Whittier is the author of Feminist Generations: The Persistence of the Radical Women's Movement, which traces the evolution of radical feminism over the past 25 years and examines intergenerational differences within the women's movement. Her work on the women's movement, social movement culture and collective identity, and activist generations has appeared in numerous scholarly collections and journals. She is currently co-editing a volume on new directions in social movement theory. She is also working on a book about the gender politics of the movement against child sexual abuse and its opponents.

Verta Taylor is Professor of Sociology at the University of California at Santa Barbara. She teaches courses on gender, feminism, women’s studies. and social movements and has won numerous teaching awards, including an Ohio State University Distinguished Teaching Award, a Multicultural Teaching Award, an Outstanding Faculty Award from the Office of Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies and, most recently, a University Distinguished Diversity Enhancement Award for her role as Chair of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Sociology at Ohio State. Taylor also received the Sociologists for Women in Society’s Mentoring Award and has served as Feminist Lecturer for Sociologists for Women in Society. She has served on more than a dozen editorial boards, as Chair of the Sex and Gender and the Collective Behavior and Social Movements Sections of the American Sociological Association, and as Chair of the Committee on the Status of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgendered Sociologists of the American Sociological Association. She is author of Rock-a-by Baby: Feminim, Self-Help and Postpartum Depression; and coauthor with Leila J. Rupp of Survival in the Doldrums: The American Women's Rights Movement, 1945 to the 1960s and Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret. Her writings have appeared in numerous scholarly collections and journals such as Signs, Gender & Society, The American Sociological Review, Social Problems, Mobilization, and the Journal of Marriage and the Family.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education; 9 edition (September 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0078026628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0078026621
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Verta Taylor is Professor of Sociology and affiliated faculty member in Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of 15 books and edited volumes and over 100 scholarly articles. Her books include Rock-a-by Baby: Feminism, Self-Help and Postpartum Depression, coauthor of Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret, and Survival in the Doldrums: The American Women's Rights Movement, 1945 to the 1960s, co-editor of The Marrying Kind? Debating Same-Sex Marriage within the Lesbian and Gay Movement, and eight editions of Feminist Frontiers.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Cross on May 28, 2010
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Feminist Frontiers has always been, for me at least, the leading anthology for women and gender studies courses. It has a long history (it was one of the earliest widely published textbooks for the subject) and it gives a rich array of readings that represent feminism's political and demographic diversity, as well as living up to its name by putting forward as many contemporary readings as possible. The Eighth Edition, for a few reasons which I will outline, does live up to its promise of giving students a good and detailed overview of the newest horizons in the study of gender.

Perhaps one of the rawest of frontiers in feminism is transgender feminism which is given a characteristically eloquent and robust introduction in a new reading by professor Susan Stryker entitled "Queering the Woman Question." I'm very pleased that the editors of Feminist Frontiers included her work and it stands aside other readings that touch on this issue in a favourable light. Prof. Styker's reading is included in the very beginning where the authors put numerous readings outlining basic theoretical perspectives, which is a positive boon. It's included among other long standing introductory readings like Judith Lorber's Night to His Day: The Social Construction of Gender, and none too soon. While Prof. Lorber's work is well established she does demonstrate that she doesn't quite get it when it comes to transgender issues (She calls Billy Tipton, a well known trans man and musician, a woman and 'she' for example).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By i.heart.books on October 24, 2010
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I am currently using this book for a gender and sexualities college course. This book has a variety of 3-15 page articles from contemporary sociologists, writers, feminist activists, and other contributors that examine a multitude of aspects within feminist theory. Intersectionality of race, class and gender are highlighted themes. While some of the articles have difficult language, most readings are very straightforward.

I can't personally imagine someone picking up this book for any use aside from academic, given its length, complexity and subject-oriented format, but overall, it is a good compilation of writings that address feminist thought, activism, and feminist ethics in Western (primarily American) culture. Most of the articles are by women and about women, but there are some good writings from the male perspective as well.

As far as the format of the actual book, I have found that the softcover is a bit unmanageable and not terribly practical if you have to schlep it around in a backpack everyday - the entire book folds easily and the cover is just not very durable. There are absolutely no pictures - it would have been nice to see some highlights of influential feminists in this book. Additionally, there are no summaries or questions listed for discussion at the end of the articles. It is over six hundred pages of crammed text on white pages, and while each page is divided into two vertical columns, I felt my eyes swimming a bit when reading it, especially during commutes on the train.

That said, this book does a great job of selecting readings that address social change, social influence, diversity, theory, politics and a host of other topics from a feminist perspective. Paired with lectures and other supplemental materials in a regular college course, this is a "femme-tastic" textbook. It is worth keeping as a resource for reference material as well, as the articles address a host of sociological issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Emily on April 26, 2013
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Needed this book for my WGST class at A&M and I actually really enjoyed the stories in it and I hateeee reading for my classes (mostly because I'm lazy and like to skim), but honestly these were well written. My only complaint is the format with 2 columns of words per page because to me it makes a reading go by so much slower, so if there's a different edition without that I'd try to get it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mommy Gway on April 19, 2012
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The articles are beautiful arranged to simulate (hopefully) the progression of the reader who utilizes the text. First, you get the typical introduction, and then the beginning chapters focus on some more accessible themes that we probably encounter. However, as you get deeper into the text, it gets a bit more analytical, but not to the point where you are overwhelmed. My professor said we should not sell the book since we will always be referring to it when a current event props up. She was right. I sold my book but a lot of times when I hear something in the media that is not necessarily related to Women's Studies or even feminist studies, this reader always finds a way to creep into my consciousness. The authors in the article are all well-respected in their fields, and they have a magnificent way of conveying their intentions without explicitly stating them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grace on November 20, 2014
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I think the book is fine and all, the shipment went well and the content is good. My issue is that it's only a compilation. If you can avoid buying it- do so. Every single article in it I can find by copy and pasting in a Google search. I bought it for the page numbers.
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