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By Linda McDowell, Joane P. Sharp

ISBN-10: 0340741430

ISBN-13: 9780340741436

A Feminist word list of Human Geography is the 1st advisor to the most theories, thoughts and phrases accepted in geographical debates approximately gender relations.

Written by way of key individuals to feminist concept, it includes over four hundred energetic and available definitions of the phrases present in feminist debates which scholars of geography want to know. 4 degrees of access are used - from 50 to 1500 phrases - taking account of the various levels of complexity of the phrases covered.

From 'AIDS' to 'witch', from 'abortion' to 'whiteness', this 'Glossary' is cross-referenced all through and contains a entire bibliography. it's a useful reference for an individual learning geography and gender, allowing them to strategy the terminology of feminist conception and ideas with self assurance.

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As a result, women have been regarded as unruly and unable to govern themselves. The body has thus necessarily been central to feminist politics but its conceptualisation has posed major difficulties. Following de Beauvoir, many feminists tended to see women as prisoners of their bodies and to view the body per se as problematic and as something to be transcended. Some, like Shulamith Firestone (1971), looked hopefully to medical science as a means of reducing the reproductive differences between men and women.

The larger proportion of women diagnosed as mentally ill is not attributed to the stressful effect of women’s OPPRESSION, nor to sexism in psychiatric diagnosis, but to hormonal and neurological differences between the sexes (Russell, 1995). Sociobiology became popular in the 1970s as a sustained attempt to explain social life in biological terms, which in its strong forms is biologically determinist. Evolutionary biologists now agree that genes are the units of natural selection, although it is species that eventually change as a result.

Masculinist and heterosexualised meanings of the home place in particular became the foundation of the life story in humanistic geography of the 1970s. , 1997; Kay, 1991). American and European feminists have also drawn on autobiography to construct theories of gender difference, arguing in the 1980s that women’s writing contained characteristic ‘gynocentric’ features, such as focus on human relations and domestic, emotional and personal information (Rich, 1986a). Later critics abandoned such totalising notions of women but searched for other sources of identity and forms of difference, such as bell hooks’ (1989) postulation of black women’s ‘double-consciousness’.

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