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This impressive collection of articles about the state of gender and women's studies encompasses a range of intellectual perspectives and suggests new directions for feminist theory, analysis, and research in the 21st century. Grouped in eight sections, the articles offer a cross-disciplinary "state of the field(s)" for feminist scholarship and critique, with a heavy emphasis on questions of epistemology and philosophy. The sections survey the major insights of feminist analysis in the sex/gender debate, the gendering of culture and knowledge, the tension between agency and oppression, and the implications of the gendered workplace on individuals and families. A profound sensitivity to the ways in which gender intersects with the particularity of lived experiences permeates the collection with respect to questions of gender, sexuality, and identity, and the role of gender in transnational and multicultural understandings arising in a global society. These challenging essays engage scholars in a lively debate that calls for recognition of the revolutionary impact of feminist thought on the academy, with particular emphasis on its disruption of traditional ways of knowing, analyzing, and understanding. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students/faculty. A. K. Frisken SUNY College at Old Westbury
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