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A Companion to Gender Studies

ISBN: 978-0-631-22109-8
576 pages
October 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Gender Studies presents a unified and comprehensive vision of its field, and its new directions. It is designed to demonstrate in action the rich interplay between gender and other markers of social position and (dis)privilege, such as race, class, ethnicity, and nationality.

  • Presents a unified and comprehensive vision of gender studies, and its new directions, injecting a much-needed infusion of new ideas into the field;
  • Organized thematically and written in a lucid and lively fashion, each chapter gives insightful consideration to the differing views on its topic, and also clarifies each contributor's own position;
  • Features original contributions from an international panel of leading experts in the field, and is co-edited by the well-known and internationally respected David Theo Goldberg.
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Introduction: A Curriculum Vitae for Gender Studies.

PART I: INTERDISCIPLINARITY.

1 Women's Studies.

2 Area Studies.

3 Postcolonial Scholarship.

4 Queer Studies.

RE-POSITIONINGS.

5 Epistemologies.

6 Genetic Sex.

7 Lived Body vs Gender.

8 Masculinity.

9 Heterosexuality.

NONCONFORMITY.

10 Science and Technology.

11 Prostitution and Sex Work Studies.

12 Global Social Movements.

13 Arab Women: Beyond Politics.

JURISDICTIONS.

14 Nation.

15 Law.

16 Policy.

17 Domestic Violence.

18 Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing.

19 Crime.

MOBILITY.

20 Development under Globalization.

21 Migration and Refugees.

22 Class and Globalization.

23 Unions: Resistance and Mobilization.

24 Corporate Masculinity.

FAMILIALITY.

25 Family and Culture in Africa.

26 The Caribbean Family?.

27 Family and Household in Latin America.

28 Family in Europe.

PHYSICALITY.

29 Reproduction.

30 Disability.

31 Health.

32 Sport.

SPACE.

33 Environment and Sustainable Development.

34 Space and Cultural Meanings.

35 Architecture and Planning.

36 Museums.

REFLECTIVITY.

37 Ethics.

38 Religion.

39 Discourse 40 The Violence of Gender
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Philomena Essed isProfessor of Critical Race, Gender and Leadership Studies, PhD in Leadership and Change Program, Antioch University, USA, and Affiliated Researcher, Graduate Gender Program, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She is the author of Everyday Racism: Reports from Women of Two Cultures (1990) while her other books include Understanding Everyday Racism (1991); Diversity: Gender, Color and Culture (1996), and Refugees and the Transformation of Societies (2004). With David Theo Goldberg, she edited Race Critical Theories: Text and Context (Blackwell 2001).


David Theo Goldberg is Director of the system-wide University of California Humanities Research Institute. A tremendously prolific author and editor, his most recent publications include The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism (Wiley-Blackwell 2008), The Racial State (Blackwell 2001), Racial Subjects: Writing on Race in America (1997), Multiculturalism: A Critical Reader (Blackwell 1994), Racist Culture: Philosophy and the Politics of Meaning (Blackwell 1993), and Anatomy of Racism (1990). He is also editor, with Ato Quayson, of Relocating Postcolonialism (Blackwell 2002).


Audrey Kobayashi is Queen's Research Chair and Professor of Geography and Women’s Studies at Queen’s University, Canada. Her articles have appeared in The Professional Geographer, The Journal of Geography, and The Canadian Journal of Women and the Law.

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  • Presents a unified and comprehensive vision of gender studies, and its new directions, injecting a much-needed infusion of new ideas into the field;
  • Organized thematically and written in a lucid and lively fashion, each chapter gives insightful consideration to the differing views on its topic, and also clarifies each contributor's own position;
  • Designed to demonstrate in action the rich interplay between gender and other markers of social position and (dis)privilege, such as race, class, ethnicity, and nationality;
  • Features original contributions from an international panel of leading experts in the field, and is co-edited by the well-known and internationally respected David Theo Goldberg.
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"The goal here—to provide a guide and companion for students, researchers, and readers interested in gender studies—is strongly achieved. To gender enthusiasts: grab a copy, open to any page, and see what new idea you come across." (M/C Reviews, July 2009)

"This ambitious volume is an essential sourcebook in Gender Studies at all levels and the point de départ for future research. It transcends the boundaries of a quite remarkable range of traditional disciplines, highlighting the gender issues within each, directly and accessibly. Fascinating and illuminating! Recommended to all academic libraries.”
H.G.A. Hughes, Reference Reviews

"After twenty years of discussions on the importance of combining poststructuralist anti-foundationalism with intellectual, political and ethical accountability, here is a volume that actually practices what it preaches. This is a very important and necessary collection that conveys a flair for theoretical complexity in a direct and accessible way. It succeeds in addressing gender issues within an impressive range of disciplines and a broad span of interdisciplinary areas. It drives home time and again the notion that gender today should function as a verb that connects multiple differences and not as an essential entity. Compulsory reading for us all."
Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht University

"This Companion is a landmark text in establishing dialogues of critical race theory, postcolonialism, and globalization with studies on gender."
Jeff Hearn, Swedish School of Economics and University of Huddersfield

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