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Gender Theory in Troubled Times

Kathleen Lennon Rachel Alsop

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Polity Press
20 December 2019
Society & Social Sciences; Gender studies, gender groups; Sociology & anthropology
Theorizing gender is more urgent and highly political than ever before. These are times, in many countries, of increased visibility of women in public life and high-profile campaigns against sexual violence and harassment. Challenges to fixed, traditional gender norms have paved the way for the recognition of gay marriage and gender recognition acts allowing people to change the gender assigned to them at birth. Yet these are also times of religious and political backlash by the alt right, the demonization of the very term 'gender' and a renewed embrace of the 'naturalness' of gendered difference as ordained by God or Science.

A follow-up to the authors' 2002 text, Theorizing Gender, this timely and necessary intervention revisits gender theory for contemporary times. Refusing a singular 'truth about gender', the authors explore the multiple strands which go into making our gendered identities, in the context of materialist and intersectional perspectives interwoven with phenomenological and performative ones. The resulting critical overview will be a welcome and invaluable guide for students and scholars of gender across the social sciences and humanities.
By:   Kathleen Lennon, Rachel Alsop
Imprint:   Polity Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 220mm,  Width: 164mm,  Spine: 20mm
Weight:   396g
ISBN:   9780745683027
ISBN 10:   0745683029
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   20 December 2019
Audience:   Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Kathleen Lennon is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hull Rachel Alsop is Lecturer in Gender Studies at the University of York

Reviews for Gender Theory in Troubled Times

Conceptually sophisticated yet clear and accessible, this book is a must-have text for students exploring feminist and gendered approaches to the urgent issues of our time. Ruth Holliday, University of Leeds Lennon and Alsop have put paid to the idea that gender theory is remote from the social and political concerns of global feminisms. With measured analyses but no fence-sitting, the authors are reliable guides to the gender-race-trans-queer controversies that animate our everyday lives. Stella Sandford, Kingston University This is a rare book of theory that speaks as effectively to a new student of gender as to the well-read feminist scholar. By weaving their critique of essentialism throughout their eloquent and fair-minded summaries of major thinkers, Lennon & Alsop have created a masterpiece rich in concrete, contemporary examples. This is intersectional theorizing at its interdisciplinary best. Myra Marx Feree, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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