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Rosemarie Tong
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27 July 1989 0415078741 978-0415078740 New Ed
First Published in 1989. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (27 July 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415078741
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415078740
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 23 x 15.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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"The third edition of "Feminist Thought" is an invaluable guide to all scholars and students of feminist theories. It provides a comprehensive overview of the richly diverse set of perspectives that guide feminist theory and action. Rosemarie Tong is generous, respectful, and even-handed in her clear and eloquent presentation of the strengths of each perspective, while providing fair but challenging criticism of its limitations. This edition improves on its excellent predecessors by being more comprehensive, more persuasive in its categorization of several theorists, and more helpful in understanding the relations among multicultural, global, and postcolonial feminist approaches. It is an essential resource for anyone seeking to engage with feminist theory." --Susan Sherwin, Dalhousie University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Rosemarie Tong is a Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and Center for Professional Applied Ethics at the University of North Carolina. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Feminism is a complex fascinating theory 17 Dec 2000
Feminist Thought offers the reader a comprehensive understanding of feminist theory through the 20th century. The book is an up to date text on all strands of mainstream feminism, right up to the modern post feminist school of feminism that grew during the 1990's. Written by a professor of philosophy Tong offers an in-depth discussion and overview of feminist thought and explores its complexities and contradictions. The book also looks at feminism and its claim to empower all types of women, regardless of class sexuality or race. The book opens with a chapter on each type of mainstream feminist theory, Liberal feminism, Marxist feminism, Radical feminism and mothering, Radical feminism on gender and sexuality. Then Tong moves on to discuss psychoanalytic feminism and socialist feminism and then a chapter on post-feminism, the book finishes with a discussion on standpoints. An essential text for students of feminism, and for any women who wants to have a better understanding of their own life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Engaging Read 2 July 2014
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Very clear and entertaining precis of the wide and sometimes contradictory body of feminist thought.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Concise introduction 16 Jan 2014
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This is a succinct yet comprehensive introduction to the major strands of feminism, covering Socialist, Marxist, liberal and radical feminism. Its only weakness is that it only covers theory, with considerable detail of Sartre and de Beauvoir, for example, but fails to describe actual political and social action taken by feminists over the years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent intro to the many feminisms 22 Dec 1997
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This is the best source I've seen which defines the various feminisms (e.g. liberal, marxist, existentialist...) Tong describes the assumptions of each position and then presents supportive and opposing views. Her approach encourages the reader to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each position. Very balanced presentation with plenty of illustrative examples.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive 27 April 2000
By smahadin@hotmail.com - Published on Amazon.com
It is often hard to recommend books for first-timers. I have no compunction recommending this one to anyone taking their first stept into the complex world of feminism. As an introduction, its most valuable contribution lies in the intelligent manner almost all major thinkers were presented. The bibliography is also indispensible.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of the several main contenders covering the diverse field, Tong's may be at once the most comprehensive and representative 5 Mar 2011
By Samuel Chell - Published on Amazon.com
Although I would agree that this text isn't a nail-biting page-turner, I have difficulty believing those reviewers who found the primary texts by the likes of Butler, Cixous, Irigaray so much livelier, more accessible and clear than Tong's explanations. Post-structuralist criticism, especially following upon the heels of French thinkers like Lacan and Derrida, became dense, esoteric, and difficult beyond the understanding of even many Ph.D.s with its specialist jargon and self-referential, seemingly private, inquiries/demonstrations into the limits and possibilities of human language. Feminist criticism--originally influenced heavily my male thinkers in the areas of structuralist, post-structuralist, post-modernist thought--was no different. In fact, its frequently recondite, difficult, and impenetrable prose led to many revolts by undergraduate women against feminist theory itself.

For this reason, Tong's book was especially valuable during feminism's heyday--an organized approach to the entire field as well as an accessible explication of the major, primarily female, feminist thinkers. Given the movement's declining influence as the 1990s came to an end, it was important that Tong came out with this new edition--not only to address developments since the 2nd edition--including the so-called "backlash"--but to serve as a reminder that even if feminist theory had lost much of its popularity and influence, it was still alive--and many of its most influential voices, if less heard from due to apathy and new priorities, were merely waiting to be rediscovered by later, intellectually curious students.

While there are always those who will deride "theory" (French theory, especially, has never been popular with American academics), thinking about what we normally do without thinking--in effect, thinking about thinking--is critical to the life of mind which, in a desperate world where only survival and political action count, becomes a "necessary luxury," a sure sign that all human actions and behavior aren't determined exclusively by the herd. Moreover, theory offers a useful paradigm, a structure, a conceptual framework for what would otherwise be an occasionally diverting but rather incoherent chorus of various, individual voices. The danger we face, especially since the downloading, piecing-out, and "atomizing" of texts by the many individual hyper-spatial "files" (fragments of what were once whole and complete works, albums, suites) is exactly the sort of disarray that theory seeks to organize and clarify--and to do so without "reducing" the original works and their authors to mere talking points and topic sentences in an overly broad, sweeping, homogenizing overview. Tong's strength is that she covers the field without misrepresenting its individual voices. The reader has every right to trust her and her carefully chosen words.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to enjoy a book you have to read! 5 Mar 2014
By Pasatty - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is required for one of my Upper Division Psych courses, and I am pleased to say I am thoroughly enjoying it--the way it is laid out, the natural progression, and the thoughtful presentation. My hope is that the balance of this particular course's required docs are as compelling.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book! 15 Feb 2013
By Heyd Saavedra - Published on Amazon.com
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I had to buy this book for class, and it turned out to be a blast. The author makes an impeccable comparison of diverse feminist-waves and perfectly adapts them to the American context. I was thinking about selling after my class, but I think I would love to keep it instead.
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