What makes feminist theory feminist? How did so many different feminisms come to exist? In "Fundamental Feminism, " Judith Grant addresses these questions by offering a critical exploration of the evolution of feminist theory and the state of feminist thinking today. Grant provides a lively assessment of the major problems of contemporary feminist thought and identifies a set of common assumptions that link the wide variety of feminist theories in existence. "Fundamental Feminism" calls for nothing less than a substantial revision of the core concepts responsible for shaping feminist theory as we now know it.
Grant identifies and critiques three core concepts of feminist theory--"woman," "experience," and "personal politics"--from their origins in pamphlets and writings from the early women's liberation movement to their current construction in feminist thought. She then connects a number of major debates in feminism today to the longstanding influence of these core assumptions. These debates include the hegemony of the white female perspective, the tension between anti-pornography and pro-sex feminists, and the discussions surrounding the challenges presented by postmodernism.
Grant gives readers valuable insight into the dilemma facing feminist theory today. "Fundamental Feminism" is a thorough and provocative analysis that will be essential reading for anyone interested in the future of feminist theory and the power of feminist politics.
"Consisten with her message, Grant's style is plain and direct--as well as tangibly political in a way that much of the feminist theory that she explores is not. Her critique of early feminist theory is extremely useful.... the book is accessible to advanced undergraduates, and it will surely enliven professional discussions."
-Race and Representation
""Fundamental Feminism is exciting and provocative. The book deals with issues that are at the cutting edge of contemporary debates within feminist theory and politics and it will make a major contribution. Judith Grant has a rare ability to place old problems in a new light and her framing of questions is markedly original."
-Mary Hawkesworth, author of "Beyond Oppression
"Judith Grant's "Fundamental Feminism offers a highly readable analysis of early feminist theorizing, a critical examination of feminist standpoint theories adn feminist epistemologies, and an overview of current explorations in postmodern feminism."
-Brenda L. Beagan, University of British Columbia
"An important contribution of this book is that it provides the reader with an accessible overview of the development of feminist theory and its inherent core principles."
-"Canadian Journal of Sociology