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Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction Third Edition Edition

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"No other work gives one such a sense of the scope and substance of the major traditions of feminist theory. This richly transformed new edition of Feminist Thought is an indispensable resource for those who want to understand the theoretical origins and complexities of contemporary feminist debates. Tong’s comprehensive understanding of feminist theory enabled her to craft an indispensable overview that clearly illustrates the challenges as well as the promises of the range of approaches, perspectives, and frameworks that comprise feminist efforts to identify sources of oppression and transform women’s status as the 'second sex.'"
—Nancy Tuana, Penn State University

"The third edition of Feminist Thought is an invaluable guide to all scholars and students of feminist theories. It provides a comprehensive overview of the richly diverse set of perspectives that guide feminist theory and action. Rosemarie Tong is generous, respectful, and even-handed in her clear and eloquent presentation of the strengths of each perspective, while providing fair but challenging criticism of its limitations. This edition improves on its excellent predecessors by being more comprehensive, more persuasive in its categorization of several theorists, and more helpful in understanding the relations among multicultural, global, and postcolonial feminist approaches. It is an essential resource for anyone seeking to engage with feminist theory."
—Susan Sherwin, Dalhousie University

"The best introduction to feminist theory is now even better! Rewritten with substantially new chapters on multicultural, global, and postcolonial feminism, care-focused feminist thought, psychoanalytic feminism, and contemporary socialist feminist theory, this new edition of Feminist Thought provides an updated account of the rich traditions of feminist thought and brings them more fully into dialogue on behalf of future possibilities. Current, crystal clear, comprehensive, and critical: It is indispensable for both beginning students and more advanced readers."
—John J. Stuhr, Emory University

"As in previous editions, Rosemarie Tong helps us understand better what we thought we knew, provides us with an easy entry into new perspectives we would like to know more about, and weaves it all together into a beautiful quilt she calls Feminist Thought. Just what is needed for teachers and students!"
—James P. Sterba, co-author of Does Feminism Discriminate Against Men?

About the Author

Rosemarie Tong is distinguished professor of healthcare ethics in the department of philosophy and director of the Center for Professional Applied Ethics at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Internationally recognized for her contributions to feminist thought and bioethics, Dr. Tong is past coordinator of the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, recent past Chair of the Committee on the Status of Women for the American Philosophical Association, and executive board member of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics. Among her many publications are New Perspectives in Health Care Ethics: An Interdisciplinary and Cross-Cultural Approach (2006) and Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (Westview Press).

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Westview Press; Third Edition edition (August 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813343755
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813343754
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #315,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1997
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This is the best source I've seen which defines the various feminisms (e.g. liberal, marxist, existentialist...) Tong describes the assumptions of each position and then presents supportive and opposing views. Her approach encourages the reader to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each position. Very balanced presentation with plenty of illustrative examples.
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Although I would agree that this text isn't a nail-biting page-turner, I have difficulty believing those reviewers who found the primary texts by the likes of Butler, Cixous, Irigaray so much livelier, more accessible and clear than Tong's explanations. Post-structuralist criticism, especially following upon the heels of French thinkers like Lacan and Derrida, became dense, esoteric, and difficult beyond the understanding of even many Ph.D.s with its specialist jargon and self-referential, seemingly private, inquiries/demonstrations into the limits and possibilities of human language. Feminist criticism--originally influenced heavily my male thinkers in the areas of structuralist, post-structuralist, post-modernist thought--was no different. In fact, its frequently recondite, difficult, and impenetrable prose led to many revolts by undergraduate women against feminist theory itself.

For this reason, Tong's book was especially valuable during feminism's heyday--an organized approach to the entire field as well as an accessible explication of the major, primarily female, feminist thinkers. Given the movement's declining influence as the 1990s came to an end, it was important that Tong came out with this new edition--not only to address developments since the 2nd edition--including the so-called "backlash"--but to serve as a reminder that even if feminist theory had lost much of its popularity and influence, it was still alive--and many of its most influential voices, if less heard from due to apathy and new priorities, were merely waiting to be rediscovered by later, intellectually curious students.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By on April 27, 2000
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It is often hard to recommend books for first-timers. I have no compunction recommending this one to anyone taking their first stept into the complex world of feminism. As an introduction, its most valuable contribution lies in the intelligent manner almost all major thinkers were presented. The bibliography is also indispensible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By shog on December 7, 2012
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As a non-female human I was always troubled that I did not have a basic understanding of schools of thought that are sources of passion and sometimes even violence in so many. I desired to open my eyes to the discourse and enter it, instead of regarding it as and being regarded as an "other".

So I paid the big bucks to get this on kindle and ran the entire thing through text to speech, opting to use the "man's voice" in a moment of naughty rebelliousness.

All and all for a "fun read" I don't feel this book is unnecessarily long or boring. While being naive on the topic I felt like I was exposed briefly and informatively to major schools of feminist thinking and critiques against them, from an author who strictly phrases all viewpoints in a non-judgmental and evenhanded manner.

Naturally, this book is only a start. The synopsis of multi-cultural feminism is a door to a library, i suspect, of books on the struggles and successes of other countries' women. Apparently the feminisms covered here are mostly through an American lens. I hope that third-wave feminism isn't so nebulous and open-ended as its definition, leaving yet another library of increasingly individualized viewpoints.

I did find myself, politically in this book, highlighting synopses and critiques that fit with my perspective. I found it refreshing, as a non-female human, that there are elements of the depictions of the radical politics, if not as with all of their adherents, with which I can relate.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By review on April 6, 2012
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This book traces the history of different types of feminism. It is well organized, well-written. It is an investment. The only problem of the book is the size of the book. I recomment buying the 2008 edition because you will deal with one book rather than two. The book is worth every penny. Go for it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pasatty on March 5, 2014
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This book is required for one of my Upper Division Psych courses, and I am pleased to say I am thoroughly enjoying it--the way it is laid out, the natural progression, and the thoughtful presentation. My hope is that the balance of this particular course's required docs are as compelling.
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