Women s Studies The Basics

  • Filename: women-s-studies-the-basics.
  • ISBN: 9781135093884
  • Release Date: 2013-02-11
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Bonnie G. Smith
  • Publisher: Routledge

Women’s Studies: The Basics is an accessible introduction into the ever expanding and increasingly relevant field of studies focused on women. Tracing the history of the discipline from its origins, this text sets out the main agendas of women’s studies and feminism, exploring the global development of the subject over time, and highlighting its relevance in the contemporary world. Reflecting the diversity of the field, core themes include: the interdisciplinary nature of women’s studies core feminist theories and the feminist agenda issues of intersectionality: women, race, class and gender women, sexuality and the body global perspectives on the study of women the relationship between women’s studies and gender studies. Providing a firm foundation for all those new to the subject, this book is valuable reading for undergraduates and postgraduates majoring in women’s studies and gender studies, and all those in related disciplines seeking a helpful overview for women-centred, subject specific courses.

Gender Basics

  • Filename: gender-basics.
  • ISBN: UVA:X004394380
  • Release Date: 2000
  • Number of pages: 557
  • Author: Anne Minas
  • Publisher: Wadsworth Publishing Company

This highly accessible combination of articles with readable and teachable supporting introductions and text enables students to understand assigned readings well enough to be able to come to class ready to ask intelligent questions and engage in critical discussion.

Body Studies The Basics

  • Filename: body-studies-the-basics.
  • ISBN: 9781317692614
  • Release Date: 2014-07-25
  • Number of pages: 158
  • Author: Niall Richardson
  • Publisher: Routledge

Consideration of the body as a subject for study has increased in recent years with new technologies, forms of modification, debates about obesity and issues of age being brought into focus by the media. Drawing on contemporary culture, Body Studies: The Basics introduces readers to the key concerns and debates surrounding the study of the sociological body, cutting across disciplines to cover topics which include: Nature vs. Culture: how we ‘build’ and transform our bodies Conformity and resistance in bodily practice Issues of body image – beauty, diet, exercise and age Sporting bodies and the pursuit of ideals Enfreakment, disability and monstrosity Cyborgs and virtual online bodies With further reading signposted throughout, this accessible book is essential reading for anyone studying the body through the lens of sociology, cultural studies, sports studies, media studies and gender studies; and all those with an interest in how the physical body can be a social construct.

Film Studies The Basics

  • Filename: film-studies-the-basics.
  • ISBN: 9780203012031
  • Release Date: 2006-09-27
  • Number of pages: 176
  • Author: Amy Villarejo
  • Publisher: Routledge

This engaging and accessible introduction explores the intricacies of the film world to show how anyone can gain a broader understanding and a more pleasurable experience of film. Addressing general questions about why and how to study film, topics discussed include: the movie industry, from Hollywood to Bollywood who does what on a film set the history, the technology and the art of cinema theories of stardom, genre and film-making. Including illustrations and examples from an international range of films drawn from over a century of movie-making and a glossary of terms for ease of reference, Film Studies: The Basics is a must-have guide for any film student or fan.


  • Filename: gender.
  • ISBN: 0415689546
  • Release Date: 2013
  • Number of pages: 257
  • Author: Hilary M. Lips
  • Publisher:

Gender: The Basics is an engaging introduction which examines the impact of cultural, historical, biological, psychological and economic forces on qualities which have come to be defined as masculine or feminine. Highlighting that there is far more to gender than biological sex, it takes a global perspective to examine the interaction between gender and a wide range of topics including: • Relationships, intimacy and concepts of sexuality • The workplace and labour markets • Gender related violence and war • Public health, poverty and development • The ageing process Supporting theory with examples and case studies from a variety of contexts, suggestions for further reading and a detailed glossary, this text is an essential read for anyone approaching the study of gender for the first time.

Subcultures The Basics

  • Filename: subcultures-the-basics.
  • ISBN: 9781134547630
  • Release Date: 2013-10-08
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Author: Ross Haenfler
  • Publisher: Routledge

Subcultures: The Basics is an accessible, engaging introduction to youth cultures in a global context. Blending theory and practice to examine a range of subcultural movements including hip hop in Japan, global graffiti writing crews, heavy metal in Europe and straight edge movements in the USA, this text answers the key questions posed by those new to the subject, including: What is a subculture? How do subcultures emerge, who participates and why? What is the relationship between deviance, resistance and the ‘mainstream’? How does society react to different subcultural movements? How has global media and virtual networking influenced subcultures? Is there a life ‘after’ subculture? Tracing the history and development of subcultures to the present day, with further reading and case studies throughout, this text is essential reading for all those studying youth culture in the contexts of sociology, cultural studies, media studies, anthropology and criminology.

Media Studies

  • Filename: media-studies.
  • ISBN: 9780415681261
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 211
  • Author: Julian McDougall
  • Publisher: Routledge

There have been seismic shifts in what constitutes (the) media in recent years with technological advances ushering in whole new categories of producers, consumers and modes of delivery. This has been reflected in the way media is studied with new theories, concepts and practices coming to the fore. Media Studies: The Basics is the ideal guide to this changing landscape and addresses core questions including: Who, or what, is the media? What are the key terms and concepts used in analysing media? Where have been the impacts of the globalization of media? How, and by whom, is media made in the 21st century? Featuring contemporary case studies from around the world, a glossary and suggestions for further reading, this is the ideal introduction to media studies today.

Literary Analysis The Basics

  • Filename: literary-analysis-the-basics.
  • ISBN: 9781317420958
  • Release Date: 2016-03-10
  • Number of pages: 158
  • Author: Celena Kusch
  • Publisher: Routledge

Literary Analysis: The Basics is an insightful introduction to analysing a wide range of literary forms. Providing a clear outline of the methodologies employed in twenty-first century literary analysis, it introduces readers to the genres, canons, terms, issues, critical approaches, and contexts that affect the analysis of any text. It addresses such questions as: What counts as literature? Is analysis a dissection? How do gender, race, class and culture affect the meaning of a text? Why is the social and historical context of a text important? Can digital media be analysed in the same way as a poem? With examples from ancient myths to young adult fiction, a glossary of key terms, and suggestions for further reading, Literary Analysis: The Basics is essential reading for anyone wishing to improve their analytical reading skills.

The Convert

  • Filename: the-convert.
  • ISBN: UCSC:32106019741872
  • Release Date: 1993-01-01
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Author: Elizabeth Robins
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY

This novel, first published in 1907, brings to life Robin's experience and that of her colleagues, Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst, in the story of Vida Levering, an upper-class British woman "converted" to the working-class suffrage movement. In a suspenseful plot, Robins contrasts the witty dialogue of elegant drawing rooms with the rough-and-tumble outdoor meetings of Trafalgar Square, recreating them almost word for word from actual accounts. Ultimately, Vida begins to make her own first speeches and out of the tragic events of her past devises a means of effecting women's political freedom. Jane Marcus puts this "funny, moving, and beautifully structured novel" in a class with Virginia Woolf's Night and Day.

Film Studies The Basics

  • Filename: film-studies-the-basics.
  • ISBN: 9781135011765
  • Release Date: 2013-07-18
  • Number of pages: 200
  • Author: Amy Villarejo
  • Publisher: Routledge

Film Studies: The Basics is a compelling guide to the study of cinema in all its forms. This second edition has been thoroughly revised and updated to take account of recent scholarship, the latest developments in the industry and the explosive impact of new technologies. Core topics covered include: The history, technology and art of cinema Theories of stardom, genre and film-making The movie industry from Hollywood to Bollywood Who does what on a film set Complete with film stills, end-of-chapter summaries and a substantial glossary, Film Studies: The Basics is the ideal introduction to those new to the study of cinema.

Human Geography

  • Filename: human-geography.
  • ISBN: 9780415575515
  • Release Date: 2012
  • Number of pages: 209
  • Author: Andrew Jones
  • Publisher: Routledge

Human Geography: The Basics is a concise introduction to the study of the role that humankind plays in shaping the world around us. Whether ite(tm)s environmental concerns, the cities we live in or the globalization of the economy, these are issues which affect us all. This book introduces these topics and more including: global environment issues and development cities, firms and regions migration, immigration and asylum landscape, culture and identity travel, mobility and tourism agriculture and food. Featuring an overview of theory, end of chapter summaries, case study boxes, further reading lists and a glossary, this book is the ideal introduction for anybody new to the study of human geography.

Getting Away from the Basics Competing Explanations for Curricular Change

  • Filename: getting-away-from-the-basics-competing-explanations-for-curricular-change.
  • ISBN: 9780549295587
  • Release Date: 2007
  • Number of pages: 370
  • Author: Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur
  • Publisher: ProQuest

This dissertation explains how new interdisciplinary areas of academic inquiry have become institutionalized in U.S. colleges and universities. It compares four theories of curricular change---which emphasize market forces, neoinstitutional forces and diffusion, faculty initiatives, and student movements, respectively---to determine how well each explains the emergence of women's studies, Asian American studies, and queer/LGBT studies over the past few decades. The dissertation uses a multi-methods strategy, including regression analysis, network analysis, fuzzy-set qualitative comparative analysis (fsQCA), and archival research of selected cases studies. The dissertation first tests market-based and diffusion (neoinstitutionalist) arguments, using regression analysis on an original dataset of sixty randomly selected colleges and universities. Data for this portion of the dissertation were collected from institutional websites, preexisting quantitative datasets, and surveys of college and university administrators. Second, the dissertation also tests neoinstitutionalist and diffusion-based arguments by using regression and network analysis of a larger dataset of over 500 colleges and universities. Third, returning to the smaller dataset, the dissertation uses fsQCA to determine whether institutional political context or other "internal" factors are necessary and/or sufficient for curricular change. Finally, the dissertation employs a series of case studies to analyze more closely the processes of student and faculty mobilization and counter-mobilization around curricular change. The findings of this research suggest that market forces are weak predictors of curricular change, at least for the type of interdisciplinary programs under consideration, but that neoinstitutional explanations may be useful in understanding the spread of more institutionalized forms of academic inquiry. On the other hand, pressure by students and faculty is usually necessary for the development of new curricular programs. The dissertation proposes a new model, the institutional mediation model, for understanding the ways in which students and faculty may work together to create institutional change.

Everyday Women s and Gender Studies

  • Filename: everyday-women-s-and-gender-studies.
  • ISBN: 0415536642
  • Release Date: 2016-08-09
  • Number of pages: 400
  • Author: Catherine Orr
  • Publisher: Routledge

Everyday Women's and Gender Studiesis a text-reader that offers instructors a new way to approach an introductory course on women's and gender studies. This book highlights major concepts that organize the diverse work in this field: Knowledges, Identities, Equalities, Bodies, Places, and Representations. Its focus on "the everyday" speaks to the importance this book places on students understanding the taken-for granted circumstances of their daily lives. Precisely because it is not the same for everyone, the everyday becomes the ideal location for cultivating students' intellectual capacities as well as their political investigations and interventions. In addition to exploring each concept in detail, each chapter includes up to five short recently published readings that illuminate an aspect of that concept. Everyday Women's and Gender Studies explores the idea that "People are different, and the world isn't fair," and engages students in the inevitably complicated follow-up question, "Now that we know, how shall we live?"

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