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Handbook of Feminist Family Studies

Handbook of Feminist Family Studies

April 2009 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Handbook of Feminist Family Studies demonstrates how feminist contributions to family science advance our understanding of relationships among individuals, families, and communities. Bringing together some of the most well-respected scholars in the field, the editors showcase feminist family scholarship, creating a scholarly forum for interpretation and dissemination of feminist work. The Handbook's contributors eloquently share their passion for scholarship and practice and offer new insights about the places we call home and family. The contributions as a whole provide overviews of the most important theories, methodologies, and practices, along with concrete examples of how scholars and practitioners actually engage in "doing" feminist family studies.

Key Features:

  • Examines the influence of feminism on the family studies field, including the many ways feminism brings about a "re-visioning" of families that incorporates multiple voices and perspectives
  • Centers the intersections of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, age, nation, ability, and religion as a pivotal framework for examining interlocking structures of inequality and privilege, both inside families and in the relationship between families and institutions, communities, and ideologies
  • Provides concrete examples of how scholars and practitioners explore such facets of feminist family studies as intimate partnerships, kinship, aging, sexualities, intimate violence, community structures, and experiences of immigration
  • Explores how the infusion of feminism into family studies has created a crisis over deeply held assumptions about "family life" and calls for even greater fusion between feminist theory and family studies toward the creation of solutions to pressing social issues

The Handbook of Feminist Family Studies is an excellent resource for scholars, practitioners, and students across the fields of family studies, sociology, human development, psychology, social work, women's studies, close relationships, communication, family nursing, and health, as a welcome addition to any academic library. It is also appropriate for use in graduate courses on theory and methodology.

A portion of the royalties from this book have been contributed to the Jessie Bernard Endowment (sponsored by the Feminism and Family Studies Section of the National Council on Family Relations) in support of feminist scholarship.

Part I. Feminist Theory and Family Studies
Katherine R. Allen, Sally A. Lloyd, and April L. Few
1. Reclaiming Feminist Theory, Method, and Praxis for Family Studies
Alexis J. Walker
2. A Feminist Critique of Family Studies
April L. Few
3. Theorizing With Racial-Ethnic Feminisms in Family Studies
Ramona Faith Oswald, Katherine A. Kuvalanka, Libby Balter Blume, and Dana Berkowitz
4. Queering "The Family"
Kristine M. Baber
5. Postmodern Feminist Perspectives and Families
Ramaswami Mahalingam, Sundari Balan, and Kristine Molina
6. Transnational Intersectionality: A Critical Framework for Theorizing Motherhood
Part II. Feminist (Re)Visioning of "The Family"
7. Gendered Bodies in Family Studies: A Feminist Examination of Constructionist and Biosocial Perspectives on Families
Ana A. Lucero-Liu and Donna Hendrickson Christensen
8. (Re)Visioning Intimate Relationships: Chicanas in Family Studies
Abbie E. Goldberg
9. Lesbian Parents and Their Families: Complexity and Intersectionality From a Feminist Perspective
Maureen Perry-Jenkins and Amy Claxton
10. Feminist Visions for Rethinking Work and Family Connections
Lynet Uttal
11. (Re)Visioning Family Ties to Communities and Contexts
Ingrid Arnet Connidis and Alexis J. Walker
12. (Re)Visioning Gender, Age, and Aging in Families
Dionne P. Stephens, Layli D. Phillips, and April L. Few
13. Examining African American Female Adolescent Sexuality Within Mainstream Hip Hop Culture Using a Womanist-Ecological Model of Human Development
Part III. Feminist Theory Into Methodology
Lori A. McGraw and Alexis J. Walker
14. Nondisabled Sisters Navigating Sociocultural Boundaries of Gender and Disability
Masako Ishii-Kuntz
15. Working-Class Fatherhood and Masculinities in Contemporary Japan
Libby Balter Blume and Lee Ann De Reus
16. Resisting Whiteness: Autoethnography and the Dialectics of Ethnicity and Privilege
Brad van Eeden-Moorefield and Christine M. Proulx
17. Doing Feminist Research on Gay Men in Cyberspace
Michele Adams
18. Engendering Family Past: 19th-Century Pro-Family Discourse Through a Feminist Historical Lens
Niveditha Menon
19. Feminist Methodology in Practice: Collecting Data on Domestic Violence in India
Sally A. Lloyd, Beth C. Emery, and Suzanne Klatt
20. Discovering Women's Agency in Response to Intimate Partner Violence
Part IV. Feminist Theory into Action
Anisa Mary Zvonkovic and Anindita Das
21. Hybrid Identities Among Indian Immigrant Women: A Masala of Experiences
Sally A. Lloyd, Rebecca L. Warner, Kristine M. Baber, and Donna L. Sollie
22. Activism in the Academy: Constructing/Negotiating Feminist Leadership
Edith A. Lewis
23. Group- Versus Individual-Based Intersectionality and Praxis in Feminist and Womynist Research Foundations
Elaine A. Anderson, John W. Townsend, and Nafissatou Diop
24. A Feminist-Ecological Analysis of Supportive Health Environments for Female Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa
Leigh A. Leslie and Ashley L. Southard
25. Thirty Years of Feminist Family Therapy: Moving Into the Mainstream
Manijeh Daneshpour
26. Steadying the Tectonic Plates: On Being Muslim, Feminist Academic, and Family Therapist
Katherine R. Allen
27. Keeping the Feminist in Our Teaching: Daring to Make a Difference
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Editors
About the Contributors

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