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Gender/Body/Knowledge: Feminist Reconstructions of Being and Knowing Paperback – June 1, 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press (June 1, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813513790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813513799
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #694,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gender/Body/Knowledge , a collection of interdisciplinary essays by feminist scholars, attacks the Western philosophical assumption that Cartesian rationalism is the most valid approach to knowing and living. It successfully challenges the superiority of reason--a concept borne out of the belief that in Plato's culture/nature dualism one side must dominate--first by examining the origins of this bias, then observing alternative epistemological and ontological approaches, and finally applying these to the practical endeavors of scholarship. The contributors refute our philosophical upbringing through engaging essays considering a range of contexts, from visual arts by women artists to a feminist reading of science. The editors' choice of writers with diverse approaches--socialist, lesbian, and non-Western scholars are represented--adds credence to their unifying theory. A fascinating, landmark collection. In Blood at the Root , Ferguson (Univ. of Massachusetts) presents a socialist-feminist view of social domination that revises existing theories by fortifying them with a broader historical base. The author's approach rests on "sex/affective production," wherein historical factors have caused domination by forming our sexual and romantic desires, habits, and expectations. Ferguson's discourse is well argued and formidable in its scope; and, as outlined in the final chapters, her reconstructive theory supports a pluralist vision of women's identity liberation. An important contribution to the field.
- Jean Keleher, Wally Findlay Galleries, Chicago
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Susan Bordo is known for the clarity, accessibility, and contemporary relevance of her writing. Her first book, The Flight to Objectivity, has become a classic of feminist philosophy. In 1993, increasingly aware of our culture's preoccupation with weight and body image, she published Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body, a book that is still widely read and assigned in classes today. During speaking tours for that book, she encountered many young men who asked, "What about us?" The result was The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and in Private (1999). Both books were highly praised by reviewers, with Unbearable Weight named a 1993 Notable Book by the New York Times and The Male Body featured in Mademoiselle, Elle, Vanity Fair, NPR, and MSNBC. Both books have been translated into many languages, and individual chapters, many of which are considered paradigms of lucid writing, are frequently re-printed in collections and writing textbooks. Her newest book, The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England's Most Notorious Queen, was published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April, 2013. A British edition was published in Janurary 2014 from Oneworld publishing. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband, daughter, three dogs, two cats, two cockatiels, and teaches humanities at the University of Kentucky.

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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By regina on August 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
This work summarizes and introduces the reader to the different types of feminist theories. For anyone who thinks there is only one feminism, or they think they know what radical feminism means -- they should read this book.
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