Research Handbook on Feminist Political Thought

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Research Handbook on Feminist Political Thought

9781800889125 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Mary Caputi, Professor of Political Theory, Department of Political Science, California State University, Long Beach and Patricia Moynagh, Professor of Political Theory, Government and Politics, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York, US
Publication Date: May 2024 ISBN: 978 1 80088 912 5 Extent: c 524 pp
Illustrating the collective power and relevance of feminist theory today, Mary Caputi and Patricia Moynagh have carefully selected a diverse international range of leading scholars and activists to critically assess key social and political challenges in the twenty-first century. This Research Handbook demonstrates a variety of feminist analyses that offer compelling insights into an array of topics, including police brutality, the carceral state, racial and sexualised violence, trans rights, climate change, and the denial of reproductive rights.

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Illustrating the collective power and relevance of feminist theory today, Mary Caputi and Patricia Moynagh have carefully selected a diverse international range of leading scholars and activists to critically assess key social and political challenges in the twenty-first century. This Research Handbook demonstrates a variety of feminist analyses that offer compelling insights into an array of topics, including police brutality, the carceral state, racial and sexualised violence, trans rights, climate change, and the denial of reproductive rights.

With a focus on the crucial role of feminism in envisioning a more equal world, chapters examine critical and care based approaches to feminist political thought; hostility to the feminist movement; and feminist attempts to unseat institutionalised power and violence. The lived experiences of women, variously situated in a host of cultural and geographic contexts, are explored. These experiences include the thematics of longing and bereavement, as well as different forms of feminist protest and political awakening. Ultimately, this Research Handbook illustrates the continuing need for reinterpretation and reconstruction in this vital field of feminist political thought.

The Research Handbook on Feminist Political Thought will prove an essential read for students and scholars of feminist, political and postcolonial theory. Its real-world implications will mean it will additionally appeal to policymakers and activists, as well as academics of philosophy, political science, sociology, and gender and cultural studies.
Critical Acclaim
‘Anyone interested in the challenges of contemporary political life—from the hazards of permanent war, the dangers of the carceral state, debt crises, democratic decline and rising authoritarianism, extractive economies, medicalization of sex and sexuality, transmisogyny, and white supremacy to the prospects for freedom and justice—will find the Research Handbook on Feminist Political Thought is deeply illuminating.’
– Mary Hawkesworth, Rutgers University, US
Contributors
Contributors include: Tawny Andersen, Rebekka Blum, Mary Caputi, Lily Chu, Anand Commissiong, Miriam Cooke, Devika Jayakumari, Verónica Gago, Elena Gambino, Nalini Ghuman, Julia Haas, Inhye Irene Han, Susan Hopkins, Abosede Priscilla Ipadeola, Ji Sun Jeon, Michaela Köttig, Erica S. Lawson, Sanshan Lin, Min Joo Lee, Claudia Leeb, Norell Martínez, Patricia Moynagh, Kathryn J. Perkins, Amanda Roberti, Catherine Z. Sameh, Ana Stevenson, Françoise Vergès, Julie White, Catherine Wineinger, Joanna Wuest, Mary Ziegler
Contents
Contents:

Introduction to the Research Handbook on Feminist Political Thought:
persisters still 1
Mary Caputi and Patricia Moynagh

PART I A CRITICAL AND CARE-BASED APPROACH
1 The politics and practices of care: pandemic possibilities 20
Julie White
2 Re-enchanting the world: la bruja and class struggle in
Chicana/Latina cultural production 37
Norell Martínez
3 Sex, science, and the politics of uncertainty 52
Joanna Wuest
4 To run like a girl: state transmisogyny and the legal
construction of gender in Hecox v. Little (2020) 77
Kathryn J. Perkins

PART II FEMINIST AND ANTI-FEMINIST WOMEN IN POLITICS
5 The conquering conservative: how white feminism has fueled
conservative women’s rhetoric 101
Amanda Roberti and Catherine Wineinger
6 Doubly underestimated: antifeminism and the engagement of
far-right women – considerations of supposed contradictions 117
Rebekka Blum, Julia Haas, and Michaela Köttig
7 Intended consequences: the fall of Roe v. Wade 142
Mary Ziegler
8 Sexism, misogyny, and gender violence: feminist political
thought in the colonial, heteropatriarchal, carceral state of Australia 160
Ana Stevenson and Susan Hopkins

PART III CONFRONTING, DE-ESCALATING, AND
UNMASKING VIOLENCE
9 Carceral feminism and the punitive state in Kerala State, India 194
Devika Jayakumari
10 Lived accounts of #MeToo and slanting towards Beauvoir 219
Patricia Moynagh
11 Deterritorializing intersectionality 250
Elena Gambino
12 Adriana Cavarero’s “Inclinations” and the problem of dispossession 267
Mary Caputi

PART IV LONGING, BEREAVEMENT, DESIRE
13 Black maternal grief and grievance against the Liberal State:
visionary pragmatism and politics otherwise 284
Erica S. Lawson
14 The material maternal: feminist representations of motherhood
by contemporary artist–mothers 304
Tawny Andersen
15 Black women and human emancipation: Sylvia Wynter,
Angela Davis, and the New Consciousness 328
Anand Commissiong
16 K-Pop and Koreaboo: a feminist analysis of the racial and
sexual politics of the transnational media fandom 350
Min Joo Lee, Lily Chu, Inhye Irene Han, and Ji Sun Jeon

PART V ON THE GROUND ACTIVISM, AUDIBILITY, AND
AMPLIFYING AGENCY
17 Feminists strike against neoliberalism: social reproduction,
financial extractivism, and debt 368
Verónica Gago
18 A dialogue between two grassroots Chinese feminists 381
Sanshan Lin
19 Inaudible voices: transnational feminism, music, and listening
in our time of crisis 393
Nalini Ghuman
20 Rethinking feminist political subjectivity with deconstruction
and negative dialectics 413
Claudia Leeb

PART VI WEAVING, SEAM-RIPPING, AND RE-STITCHING
21 Woman, life, freedom: Iran’s feminist uprising in historical
and transnational perspective 437
Catherine Z. Sameh
22 Connecting the many threads of Arab feminist political thought 448
miriam cooke
23 Omoluabi feminism: political leadership through an African lens 466
Abosede Priscilla Ipadeola
24 Feminisms in a time of permanent war: still we persist,
organize, endure, resist 480
Françoise Vergès
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