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  • Sep 1992

Feminist Political Theory

An Introduction


Part of the book series: Women in Society: A Feminist List (WOSOFEL)

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Table of contents (15 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Introduction

      • Valerie Bryson
      Pages 1-7
  3. The precursors

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 9-9
    2. Early feminist thought

      • Valerie Bryson
      Pages 11-35
    3. The contribution of Marx and Engels

      • Valerie Bryson
      Pages 67-83
    4. Socialist feminism in Britain and America

      • Valerie Bryson
      Pages 109-119
    5. Marxist feminism in Germany

      • Valerie Bryson
      Pages 120-130
    6. Marxist feminism in Russia

      • Valerie Bryson
      Pages 131-144
  4. Modern feminist thought

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 145-145
    2. The background to modern feminism

      • Valerie Bryson
      Pages 147-158
    3. Modern liberal feminism and its critics

      • Valerie Bryson
      Pages 159-180
    4. Modern Marxist and socialist feminism

      • Valerie Bryson
      Pages 232-260
    5. Conclusion: feminist theory in the 1990s

      • Valerie Bryson
      Pages 261-267
  5. Back Matter

    Pages 268-304

About this book

The most comprehensive introduction to feminist theory - in terms of its historical scope, international coverage and wide-ranging analysis of contemporary ideas - Feminist Political Theory offers lucid accounts of complex theories, and a balanced approach to contentious issues. Different strands of thought in Europe, Russia and America are traced, introducing earlier issues, personalities and ideas and linking these to contemporary debates. Based on a sound understanding of political theory, this will be a valuable introduction for students of gender issues and politics.


  • feminism
  • Friedrich Engels
  • gender
  • Karl Marx
  • political theory
  • politics
  • socialism

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