£55.00 | $99.95
1 October 2002
Gender and Sexuality
Gender and Sexuality, Europe
Edited by Gabriele Griffin and Rosi Braidotti (ATHENA)
This book is the first to ask whether there is a specifically European dimension to certain major issues in Women's Studies. It strives to create a synergetic debate among different disciplines and cultural traditions in Europe, and, in doing so, fills some gaps in our knowledge about women and enriches debates hitherto dominated by Anglo-American influences.
Among the new areas of enquiry opened up in this book by the specificities of European Women's Studies are:
* The fact that Europe has repeatedly experienced warfare on its own territory which has impacted significantly on women. Hence the focus in this volume on women and militarism, and on ethnic cleansing as an attack on the family.
* The abidingly problematic relationship between feminism and anti-semitism, and issues of migration and 'whiteness' in a context where racism reflects the colonial histories of particular European countries.
* The importance of passion and the emotions, as well as psychoanalytical theory, for politics particularly in Southern and Eastern European countries.
* Current problems facing Europe, including the decline of the welfare state, the phenomenon of the 'single' woman, and the relationship between women's rights and human rights.
* The diverse faces of feminist movements in particular European countries.
Reading feminism from a European perspective will enable readers to reflect upon the ways in which changes in political, social and cultural positions and practices over the past century in Europe have impacted on feminist thinking and theorizing. The volume raises important issues about the transfer of feminist concepts across cultures and languages. And to English-speaking audiences the volume also offers fresh viewpoints on some of the key debates in Women's Studies.
'This landmark collection shows the important role of feminist scholarship in rethinking post-nationalist identity in Europe--a problematic from which U.S. feminists have much to learn. In this way and others these essays expand the horizons of the common feminist heritage of international feminisms. The introductory essay alone is worth the purchase of the volume for its brilliant analysis of the strengths and limitations of different focuses and styles of thinking in the U.S., northern, and southern Europe. This is a fine teaching text.' - Sandra Harding, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, UCLA
'Thinking Differently' represents a crucial step towards a truly transnational perspective in European Women's Studies. As a prominent result of several years of Community-funded European Women's Studies networking, this highly ambitious book aims at displacing the Anglo-American outlook that often has been confounded with transnationalism in favour of sophisticated analyses grounded in feminist scholarship based on in-depth knowledge of national and regional differences as well as on balanced insight in pan-European processes of change. This approach allows the authors, a multinational group of distinguished feminist scholars from Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western parts of Europe, to identify important new agendas for European Women's Studies. They articulate a range of highly important questions - from shifting meanings of the single woman and the specific European histories of racism to the semantics of sex/gender in different European languages. This advanced textbook is a must for researchers, teachers, students, politicians and others, interested in European Women's Studies and gender issues in Europe.' - Nina Lykke, Prof. Dr. Phil., Department of Gender Studies, Linkoeping University, Sweden
Table of Contents
Introduction: Configuring European Women's Studies - Gabriele Griffin, with Rosi Braidotti
PART 1: WOMEN AS SOCIAL AND POLITICAL ENTITIES
1. Feminist Perspectives on the European Welfare State - Harriet Silius
2. Single Women - Tuula Gordon
3. Women's Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Biopolitics in Europe - Marina Calloni
PART 2: CULTURE AND SIGNIFICATION
4. Space and Women's Culture - Liana Borghi
5. European Feminine Identity and the Idea of Passion in Politics - Elena Pulcini and Luisa Passerini
6. Psychoanalysis and Feminism: A European Phenomenon - Maria Serena Sapegno
PART 3: IDENTITY, SUBJECTIVITY AND DIFFERENCE
7. Europe after 1989: The Ethnic Wars, Fascistization of Civil Society and Body Politics in Serbia- Zarana Papic
8. Identities under Threat on the Eastern Borders - Svetlana Slapsak
9. Identity, Subjectivity and Difference: A Critical Genealogy - Rosi Braidotti
PART 4: RACE AND ETHNICITY
10. Feminism and Anti-semitism - Liliane Kandel
11. Diasporic Subjects and Migration in Europe- Sandra Ponzanesi
12. Whiteness and European Situatedness - Gabriele Griffin with Rosi Braidotti
PART 5: VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN - EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES
13. Violence against Women in the European Context: Histories, Prevalences, Theories - Carol Hagemann-White
14. Sexual Violence and Ethnic Cleansing - Attacking the Family - Lisa Price
15. Violence, Militarism and War - Jalna Hanmer
PART 6: SEX/GENDER TERMINOLOGY AND ITS IMPLICATIONS
16. The Uses and Abuses of the Sex/Gender Distinction in European Feminist Practices - Rosi Braidotti
PART 7: THE RISES AND FALLS OF WOMEN'S MOVEMENTS IN EUROPE
17. Introduction: Women's Movements and Feminist Research - Ute Gerhard
18. The History of the Feminist Movement in France - Fran‡oise Picq
19. The Women's Movement in Germany - Ute Gerhard
20. The Feminist Movement in Italy - Andreina de Clementi
21. Three Waves of Feminism in Denmark - Drude Dahlerup
22. Histories of the Women's Movements in Norway - Beatrice Halsaa
23. The History of the Hungarian Women's Movement - Andrea Pet”
24. Lacking integration: The Relationship between the Women's Movement and Gender/Women's Studies in the Transitional Slovenia - Renata Scribar
25. Women's Associations and Education in Spain - Maria Suarez Lafuente
About the Authors:
Rosi Braidotti is Professor of Women's Studies and Director of the Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies at Utrecht University. Her books include Nomadic Subjects (Columbia University Press, 1994) and Patterns of Dissonance (Polity Press, 1991). She has also edited many books, including, with Nina Lykke, Between Monsters, Goddesses and Cyborgs (Zed Books) and, with others, Women, Environment and Sustainable Development (Zed Books).
Gabriele Griffin is Professor of Gender Studies at the University of Hull. She is the co-founding editor of the journal, Feminist Theory. Her publications include HIV/AIDS and Representation: Visibility Blue/s (Manchester University Press, 2000) and, coauthored with L. Aitken, Gender Issues in Elder Abuse (Sage, 1996) and Heavenly Love? Lesbian Images in 20th Century Women's Writing (Manchester University Press, 1993).