While displaying an in-depth knowledge of her field in discussing women's rights, work, and the more recent history of women's political strategies, Freedman also demonstrates a willingness to engage in critical thinking beyond her own sphere and range; she explores subjects ranging from the development of labor and social roles across centuries and cultures to the ways in which race, class, and other social hierarchies inform and define different "feminisms." Acknowledging that her book does not "tell a single, unified history of revolutionary triumph," Freedman examines issues related to politics, economics, race, relationships, health, sexuality, and violence within the context of feminist history. Though it could have been a dry polemic, No Turning Back is, instead, an enthusiastic look at how and why feminist ideas have remained a part of the political landscape since their emergence. Freedman not only recognizes the complex processes of adaptation and redefinition that feminism has undergone, but proposes that this malleability is what has enabled the movement to withstand the test of time. For an obviously impassioned (but still well-reasoned and solidly supported) presentation of the story thus far, Freedman's answer to this book's instigator should now be an easy one. --S. Ketchum --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Estelle Freedman's writing is coherent, concise and interesting.
Freedman raises the bar for creating a feminist narrative that is continually mindful of the influences of class, race and culture as well as gender concerns.
I was quite excited to see this book, rather disappointed to read it, although it is a daunting task to undertake.
bought this book for class but may not keep it-- it's too large and long for what it's trying to get across. the chapters are strangely set up but it is good to read once.Published 23 months ago by Dana
We did not read the whole book during class, but the parts we did read were pretty good and educational.Published on February 19, 2013 by ARFedewa
This book's title suggests that it is a history of feminism. This is not true. Feminism is a social movment, but this book contains no analysis of the means by which women were... Read morePublished on January 20, 2011 by Xcy