Feminist Theory: From Margin To Center [NEW]
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center is a 1984 book about feminist theory by bell hooks. The book confirmed her importance as a leader in radical feminist thought. The "margin" in the title refers to hooks' description of black women as existing on the margins and their lives hidden from mainstream American society as well as not being part of mainstream feminist theory. The book was published in French in 2017.
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center
bell hooks writes Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center with the intent of critiquing the leadership, ideologies, and public actions of the feminist movement through the mid-1980s. She begins by establishing her own voice in the field and justifies her arguments by pointing out racist and classist undertones or outright statements from first- and second-wave feminist leaders. She quotes directly from influential feminists such as Betty Friedan, author of The Feminine Mystique whom most feminists took to be a primary authority on feminist matters.
Feminist Theory from Margin to Center Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis tohelp you understand the book. This study guide contains the following sections:Plot SummaryChaptersCharactersObjects/PlacesThemesStyleQuotes This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion and a Free Quiz onFeminist Theory from Margin to Center by Bell hooks.This in-depth exploration of what the author believes to be essential principles of feminism was first published in 1984, with a second (unrevised) edition published in the year 2000. Throughout the book the author explores various manifestations of her central contentions - that early feminist theory and practice was limited in scope, that true feminist movement has the potential to vastly improve the lives of men and women alike, and that more than ever feminist movement is simultaneously necessary and provocative - not to mention necessarily provocative.
The book begins with two prefaces, one to the first edition (published in 1984) and one to the second (published unrevised in 2000). In the first preface, the author gives her reasons for writing the book - a lack of awareness in the feminist movement of the perspective of African-American culture and society. In the second preface, the author comments on the (sometimes intensely) negative reaction the first edition received, particularly from white women. She also describes how reactions to the book and its ideas have since become more positive and accepting, and how the need for both feminism and a broader perspective on it is more apparent than ever. 041b061a72