By Mary Eagleton

The Concise better half to Feminist Theory introduces readers to the wide scope of feminist thought during the last 35 years.

  • Introduces readers to the extensive scope of feminist conception during the last 35 years.
  • Guides scholars alongside the leading edge of present feminist theory.
  • Suitable for college students and students of all fields touched via feminist thought.
  • Covers an extremely wide variety of disciplines, discourses and feminist positions.
  • Organised round recommendations instead of faculties of feminism.

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1993: 47) 23 Linda McDowell Women continued to be represented as passive in idealizations of asexual motherhood. Nash suggests that the popularity of ‘the cottage in the landscape’ in genre painting ‘came to carry the cultural weight of the idealisation of traditional rural, family life and its fixed morality and gender roles . . a surrogate for the depiction of the rural Irish woman and the values of motherhood, tradition and stability’ (1993: 47). Thus, the connections between femininity and home at different spatial scales are illustrated in a single image.

London: New Left Books (2nd edn 1991, London: Verso). Blunt, A. and Rose, G. (eds) (1994) Writing Women and Space: Colonial and Postcolonial Geographies. New York: Guilford Press. Braidotti, R. (1994) Nomadic Subjects: Embodiment and Sexual Difference in Contemporary Feminist Theory. New York: Columbia University Press. Cassady, C. (1990) Off the Road. London: Black Spring. Castells, M. (1996) The Rise of the Network Society. Oxford: Blackwell. — (2000) Materials for an exploratory theory of a network society.

The arguments of bell hooks about home as a site of resistance for black women reflect the savage dislocations of the slave trade, and the nineteenth-century cities re-examined by Marcus were partly built on migration, from rural areas to the city and between nations. In the nineteenth century almost 40 million people left Europe for the Americas and the great cities of the US became the homes of a cosmopolitan population that nevertheless recreated the cultural customs of ‘home’ in neighbourhoods that were designated as Little Italy and Germantown, depending on the origins of their inhabitants.

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