Feminism is not a unified movement but a series of competing branches’

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‘Feminism is not a unified movement but a series of competing branches’. Evaluate this statement in relation to the feminist movement.


Suggested Readings


Delmar, R. (1986) What is Feminism? in Mitchell, J. and Oakley, A. (eds) What is Feminism. New York: Pantheon Books, pp. 8-33


Ehrenreich, B. (1976)  What Is Socialist Feminism? Win, June 3, 1976: 4-7


Freedman, J (2001) Feminism. Buckingham: Open University Press (esp. the Introduction, pp. 1-7)


Hooks, B. (2000) Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics. Cambridge, MA: South End Press


Humm, M (ed.)(1992) Feminisms: A Reader. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, see especially pp.1-4, 53-65, plus sections on liberal, radical, Marxist and socialist, and/or Black feminisms as required.


Jackson, S. and Jones, J. (eds) Contemporary Feminist Theories. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.


Littlewood, B. (2004) Feminist Perspectives on Sociology. Harlow: Pearson Education Ltd.


Lorber, J. (2010) Gender Inequality: Feminist Theories and Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press


Offen, K. (1988) Defining Feminism: A Comparative Historical Approach. Signs, 14 (1): 119-157


Ritzer, G. (2008) Sociological Theory. Boston: McGraw-Hill, Chapter 13: Contemporary Feminist Theory, pp. 450 – 497.


Tong, R. (1992) Feminist Thought: A Comprehensive Introduction. London: Routledge,  ‘Introduction: the varieties of feminist thinking’ pp.1-9, plus chapters on liberal, Marxist, radical and/or socialist feminisms as required.








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