The power of love has become a renewed matter of feminist and non-feminist attention in the 21st century’s theory debates. What is this power? Is it a form of domination? Or is it a liberating force in our contemporary societies? Within Feminism and the Power of Love lies the central argument that, although love is a crucial site of gendered power asymmetries, it is also a vital source of human empowerment that we cannot live without. Instead of emphasizing "either-or", this enlightening title puts the dualities and contradictions of love center stage. Indeed, by offering various theoretical perspectives on what makes love such a central value and motivator for people, this title will increase one’s understanding as to why love can keep people in its grip - even when practiced in ways that deplete and oppress. In light of such analyses, the contributions within Feminism and the Power of Love present new perspectives on the conditions and characteristics of non-oppressive, mutually enhancing ways of loving. Bridging the gap between Feminist Affect Studies and Feminist Love Studies, this book will appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students, including postdoctoral researchers, interested in fields such as women’s and gender studies, sociology, political science, philosophy, cultural studies and sexuality studies.
Author: Hilary Rose
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Release Date: 2013-07-03
Genre: Social Science
In this book Hilary Rose develops new terms for thinking about science and feminism, locating the feminist criticism of science as both integral to the feminist movement and to the radical science movement.
Author: Anna G. Jónasdóttir
Release Date: 2013-11-12
Genre: Social Science
This unique, timely book of original essays sets the stage for a new materialist feminist debate on the analysis, ethics and politics of love. The contributors raise questions about social power and domination, situating their research in a materialist feminist perspective that investigates love historically, in order to understand changing ideologies, representations and practices. The essays range from studies of particular representations and examples of love - feminist translation, mass media images and internet love blogs - to feminist theories of love and marriage, to ethical and political theories describing, critiquing or advocating the use of love in groups as a radical force. They break new ground in bringing together questions of gendered interests in love, temporal dimensions of loving practices and the politics of love in radical transformations of society.
Author: Ruth Whitney
Publisher: Cross Cultural Pubns/Crossroads
Release Date: 1998-09
Genre: Family & Relationships
This book presents a new vision of feminism and love. Love is our inner core. s our vital energy, love is our creative life force and vibrant spirit. Love is the binding form and moving power that causes the ecological interdependence and unity of all people, nature, the universe and the divine. Feminism is the vision and practice of love.Feminism is acts of love that work to eliminate all forms of domination; that actualize respect, liberty, equality, justice and love for all women and men; and that transform the world by nurturing loving individuals who crate communities of love. Feminism is love in action. This book is not only idealistic and inspirational, it is also realistic and practical as it explains self-help steps to become more loving and concrete ways to prevent the personal and social causes of human destructiveness. Its goal is to transform ourselves and our troubled world by helping us become more loving.
Author: Elaine Baruch
Publisher: NYU Press
Release Date: 1992-10-01
Genre: Health & Fitness
Elaine Baruch is not only among the most quiet-voiced and fair-minded of feminist writers. She is also among the most far-ranging in her scholarship, equally at ease with the writers of the Renaissance and Freud, the medieval troubadours, and our contemporary polemicists. . . instructive, absorbing, and persuasive. --Diana Trilling A lively mind is at work here and a keen and witty writer too. --Irving Howe This is a fine collection of essays. . . making many imaginative conjectures and amusing connections. --Times Literary Supplement In these essays what emerges is a history of romantic love. . . Highly recommended.--Library Journal Arguing that romantic love need not be a tool of women's oppression, feminist critic Baruch. . . contends that unacknowledged male fantasies about love motivate much literature by men. . . rewarding, provocative.--Publishers Weekly Utilizing both Freudian and non-Freudian psychoanalysis as well as feminist criticism, Baruch examines literary works by women and men from medieval and Romantic periods as well as cultural observations on the twentieth century and how they have influenced attitudes toward love.
Author: Lydia H. Liu
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Release Date: 2013-03-26
Genre: Social Science
He-Yin Zhen (ca. 1884-1920?) was a theorist who figured centrally in the birth of Chinese feminism. Unlike her contemporaries, she was concerned less with China's fate as a nation and more with the relationship among patriarchy, imperialism, capitalism, and gender subjugation as global historical problems. This volume, the first translation and study of He-Yin's work in English, critically reconstructs early twentieth-century Chinese feminist thought in a transnational context by juxtaposing He-Yin Zhen's writing against works by two better-known male interlocutors of her time. The editors begin with a detailed analysis of He-Yin Zhen's life and thought. They then present annotated translations of six of her major essays, as well as two foundational tracts by her male contemporaries, Jin Tianhe (1874-1947) and Liang Qichao (1873–1929), to which He-Yin's work responds and with which it engages. Jin, a poet and educator, and Liang, a philosopher and journalist, understood feminism as a paternalistic cause that liberals like themselves should defend. He-Yin presents an alternative conception that draws upon anarchism and other radical trends. Ahead of her time, He-Yin Zhen complicates conventional accounts of feminism and China's history, offering original perspectives on sex, gender, labor, and power that remain relevant today.
4,5/5 Stelle auf Lovelybooks.de Ironisch, humoristisch, teuflisch! In Eden Grove leben lauter glückliche Frauen. Ihre Ehemänner sind erfolgreich. Sie haben muntere Kinder und das Familienleben ist ganz harmonisch. Eden Grove ist eine friedliche kleine Welt - aber nicht für alle. Es gibt zum Beispiel die unattraktive Ruth. Gattin eines Steuerberaters und Mutter zweier Kinder. Ruth ist loyal, und sie erträgt lange die sexuellen Eskapaden ihres Mannes. Aber es kommt der Punkt, an dem Ruth die Geduld verliert. Sie dreht den Spieß um und plant einen Rachefeldzug. Das erste, was in Rauch aufgeht, ist das gemütliche Heim... REZENSION "Ein Buch, das seinen engagierten Kern (gegen die Weibchen, für die Frauen) mit so viel Witz und satirischer Brillanz ummäntelt, dass man sich von der ersten bis zur letzten Seite glänzend unterhält." Corna Zacharias in der Münchner ‘Abendzeitung’ AUTORENPORTRÄT Fay Weldon wurde am 22. September 1931 in Alvechurch (Worcestershire) geboren. Ihr Großvater war der Schriftsteller Edgar Jepson (1863–1938), ihre Mutter schrieb Romane unter dem Pseudonym Pearl Bellairs, einer Figur aus einer Kurzgeschichte von Aldous Huxley. Sie wuchs in Neuseeland auf, kehrte mit der Mutter nach Londond zurück als ihre Eltern sich scheiden ließen. Sie studierte Psychologie und Ökonomie und veröffentlichte mit 30 das erste Buch. "Die Teufelin" wurde 1989 mit Meryl Streep,in einer Hauptrolle verfilmt, doch das Buch geht wesentlich weiter als der Film.
This book looks at how heterosexual relationships really work. Author?? argues that the process of falling in love is just a brief holiday from the gender roles which quickly reassert themselves in their old forms. Topics covered include romantic love, the problem of desire and the trouble with love.
Author: Lena Gunnarsson
Release Date: 2014-01-03
Genre: Social Science
The Contradictions of Love: Towards a feminist-realist ontology of sociosexuality offers a robust and multifaceted theoretical account of how, in contemporary western societies, women continue to be subordinated to men through sexual love. The book defends and elaborates Anna G. Jónasdóttir’s thesis that men tend to exploit women of their ‘love power’, by means of an innovative application of critical realism, dialectical critical realism and the philosophy of metaReality. Gunnarsson also offers a critique of the state of affairs of contemporary feminist theory. The author demonstrates that the meta-theoretical framework of critical realism offers the tools that can counter the poststructuralist hegemony still prevailing in feminist theory. On a general level, The Contradictions of Love attempts at reconciling theoretical positions which tend to appear in opposition to one another. In particular, it offers a way of bridging the gap between the notion of love as a locus of exploitation and that of love as a force which can conquer oppression. This book is a unique and timely contribution in the field of feminist theory, in that it offers the first elaborate assessment and development of Jónasdóttir’s important but relatively sidestepped work, and in that it counters poststructuralist trends from the point of view of a robust critical realist framework that has hitherto been spectacularly absent in feminist theory, although it offers solutions to metatheoretical problems at the forefront of feminist debates; in the field of critical realism broadly defined, in that it elaborates on crucial ontological themes of (dialectical) critical realism and the philosophy of metaReality via a discussion of the issues of love, sexuality, gender and power; and finally, in the field of love studies, in that it offers a sophisticated account of how gender asymmetries prevail in love despite norms of gender equality and reciprocity, and in that it reconciles feminist, conflict-oriented perspectives on love with notions of love as transcending conflict.
Author: Katie Barclay
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release Date: 2013-07-19
Through an analysis of the correspondence of over one hundred couples from the Scottish elites across the seventeenth to nineteenth centuries, this book explores how ideas around the nature of emotional intimacy, love, and friendship within marriage adapted to a modernising economy and society and in turn shaped how power was negotiated between partners across the period. A feminist methodology is used to highlight how patriarchal values shaped the nature of the marital relationship, affecting how men and women perceived their role within it and how they understood married life. Barclay argues that patriarchy continued to be the central model for marriage across the period as couples found ways to negotiate its strictures to make it compatible with their personal experiences. As a result, women found spaces to hold power within the family, but could not translate it to power beyond the household. Comparing the Scottish experience to that across Europe and North America, Barclay shows that over the course of the eighteenth century, far from being a side-note in European history, Scottish ideas about gender and marriage were to become culturally dominant. This book will be vital to those studying and teaching Scottish social history and those interested in the history of marriage and gender. It will also appeal to feminists with an interest in how power was negotiated within the household and how patriarchy evolved over time.
Author: Brenda Hunter
Release Date: 2011-05-04
Genre: Family & Relationships
Many women--especially the mothers of young children--feel their role as "just a mother" is undervalued today. This book highlights the incredible--although sometimes unrealized--influence that a mother has on her children and her society. After decades of scientific and psychological study, there is overwhelming evidence that "mother love" has an enormous, permanent impact in shaping the character and life of a child. As both a psychologist and a Christian, Brenda Hunter presents a convincing argument that this loves is even more powerful and far-reaching than our culture has yet realized. And the impact of this powerful love impacts not only the child, but the mother herself and the society as a whole. Hunter affirms the immeasurable value of the mothering role from a Christian perspective while realistically addressing women's greatest questions and concerns. Hunter clearly reveals how mother love positively affects the way a woman defines herself. From the Hardcover edition.