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A Companion to Gender Studies

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8808-1
576 pages
March 2009, 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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List of Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction: A Curriculum Vitae for Gender Studies 1
Philomena Essed, David Theo Goldberg, Audrey Kobayashi

Part I Interdisciplinarity

1 Women’s Studies 29
Mary Maynard

2 Area Studies 40
Ella Shohat

3 Postcolonial Scholarship 51
Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan

4 Queer Studies 62
Judith Halberstam

Part II Re-positionings

5 Epistemologies 73
Laura Hyun Yi Kang

6 Genetic Sex 87
Amâde M’charek

7 Lived Body versus Gender 102
Iris Marion Young

8 Masculinity 114
Toby Miller

9 Heterosexuality 132
Lorraine Nencel

Part III Jurisdictions

10 Nation 145
Lois A. West

11 Law 160
Katherine Franke

12 Policy 181
Carol Lee Bacchi

13 Domestic Violence 192
Madelaine Adelman

14 Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing 202
Jennifer Hyndman

15 Crime 212
Tony Jefferson

Part IV Nonconformity

16 Science and Technology 241
Sandra Harding

17 Prostitution and Sex Work Studies 255
Kamala Kempadoo

18 Global Social Movements 266
Nitza Berkovitch and Sara Helman

19 Arab Women: Beyond Politics 279
Ratiba Hadj-Moussa

Part V Mobility

20 Development under Globalization 293
Enakshi Dua

21 Migration and Refugees 307
Cecilia Menjívar

22 Class and Globalization 319
Abigail B. Bakan

23 Unions: Resistance and Mobilization 329
Linda Briskin

24 Corporate Masculinity 342
Agneta H. Fischer and Annelies E. M. van Vianen

Part VI Familiality

25 Family and Culture in Africa 357
Ifi Amadiume

26 The Caribbean Family? 370
D. Alissa Trotz

27 Family and Household in Latin America 381
Nina Laurie

28 Family in Europe 392
Joanna Regulska

Part VII Physicality

29 Reproduction 405
Laura Shanner

30 Disability 415
Anita Silvers

31 Health 428
Lesley Doyal

32 Sport 437
Martha Saavedra

Part VIII Spatiality

33 Environment and Sustainable Development 457
Irene Dankelman

34 Space and Cultural Meanings 467
Tovi Fenster

35 Architecture and Planning 475
Mona Domosh

36 Museums 484
Ellen Fernandez-Sacco

Part IX Reflectivity

37 Ethics 497
Vikki Bell

38 Religion 509
Pamela Dickey Young

39 Discourse 519
Ruth Wodak

40 The Violence of Gender 530
Mieke Bal

Index 544

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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.
See More
"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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