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Contemporary Western European Feminism (RLE Feminist Theory).

By: Kaplan, Gisela.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Routledge Library Editions: Feminist Theory: Publisher: Hoboken : Taylor and Francis, 2012Description: 1 online resource (365 p.).ISBN: 9781136195044.Subject(s): Feminism -- Europe -- History -- 20th century | Women -- Europe -- History -- 20th centuryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Contemporary Western European Feminism (RLE Feminist Theory)DDC classification: 305.42/094 | 305.42094 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; CONTEMPORARY WESTERN EUROPEAN FEMINISM; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Figures, tables and maps; Abbreviations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I WESTERN EUROPEAN WOMEN: AN OVERVIEW; 1 The postwar movements; Their character; Their significance; Why call it the second-wave?; Why the new wave movements developed; Mass protest; The diversity of second-wave feminism; 2 Women''s status and employment; Women in the labour force; Women and technology; Women and domestic work; Women in politics; Women and civil liberty; Some hypotheses
Part II CHARACTERISTICS OF INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES3 Progressiveness in Scandinavia; Sweden; Norway; Denmark; Finland; Iceland; The model examined; 4Conservatism in the Germanic countries; West Germany; Austria; Switzerland; The model examined; 5Fringe upheavals and creative traditionalism in France and the Netherlands; The Netherlands; France; The model examined; 6 Revolutions and radicalism in southern Europe; Portugal; Spain; Greece; Italy; The model examined; Part III OUTLOOK; 7 Into the 1990s; The coming Europe; Appendix Feminist research addresses; References; Alphabetical
Cross reference by countryIndex; Names and places index; Subject index
Summary: Contemporary Western European Feminism is a ground-breaking history of feminism. Gisela Kaplan invites a critical analysis of current ideas, terms and assumptions about our modern world.Written confidently and with compassion, this is the story of a long revolution that has set out to change predominant attitudes and transform value hierarchies and human lifestyles. By outlining the postwar histories of individual countries Kaplan contextualises women's movements and documents a significant chapter of European social history. She poses questions about the interrelationship between the new movements and the parliamentary democracies in which they occurred, while analysing the contradictions of living in modern capitalist countries.Contemporary Western European Feminism also tackles important contradictions, such as those between the welfare state and the free market economy; industrialisation and religious value systems; social engineering and the production of wealth; and dissent and patrimonial systems of democracy.For those wanting to know more about Europe without the intimidating barriers of language and for those already experts in its social history, Contemporary Western European Feminism is essential reading.
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Cover; CONTEMPORARY WESTERN EUROPEAN FEMINISM; Title Page; Copyright Page; Table of Contents; Figures, tables and maps; Abbreviations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Part I WESTERN EUROPEAN WOMEN: AN OVERVIEW; 1 The postwar movements; Their character; Their significance; Why call it the second-wave?; Why the new wave movements developed; Mass protest; The diversity of second-wave feminism; 2 Women''s status and employment; Women in the labour force; Women and technology; Women and domestic work; Women in politics; Women and civil liberty; Some hypotheses

Part II CHARACTERISTICS OF INDIVIDUAL COUNTRIES3 Progressiveness in Scandinavia; Sweden; Norway; Denmark; Finland; Iceland; The model examined; 4Conservatism in the Germanic countries; West Germany; Austria; Switzerland; The model examined; 5Fringe upheavals and creative traditionalism in France and the Netherlands; The Netherlands; France; The model examined; 6 Revolutions and radicalism in southern Europe; Portugal; Spain; Greece; Italy; The model examined; Part III OUTLOOK; 7 Into the 1990s; The coming Europe; Appendix Feminist research addresses; References; Alphabetical

Cross reference by countryIndex; Names and places index; Subject index

Contemporary Western European Feminism is a ground-breaking history of feminism. Gisela Kaplan invites a critical analysis of current ideas, terms and assumptions about our modern world.Written confidently and with compassion, this is the story of a long revolution that has set out to change predominant attitudes and transform value hierarchies and human lifestyles. By outlining the postwar histories of individual countries Kaplan contextualises women's movements and documents a significant chapter of European social history. She poses questions about the interrelationship between the new movements and the parliamentary democracies in which they occurred, while analysing the contradictions of living in modern capitalist countries.Contemporary Western European Feminism also tackles important contradictions, such as those between the welfare state and the free market economy; industrialisation and religious value systems; social engineering and the production of wealth; and dissent and patrimonial systems of democracy.For those wanting to know more about Europe without the intimidating barriers of language and for those already experts in its social history, Contemporary Western European Feminism is essential reading.

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A comprehensive and comparative survey of women's movements, primarily in the non-English speaking countries of Europe west of the Elbe River and from Scandinavia to the Mediterranean Sea. Focusing on the period from the 1960s to 1989, Kaplan considers the "possibilities and limits of protest," examines the degree of "change that has been fashioned by the movements," and measures women's status in the countries studied through the use of a wide range of variables. The first part of the book provides a comparative overview of the postwar European movements and of women's status and employment; Part 2 analyzes in greater detail the conditions and events in specific countries. Nations are arranged in four groups based on "theoretical paradigms" defined as progressive, conservative, marginal, and revolutionary. This book is more than a descriptive narrative of women's organizations and feminist activities; it also attempts to understand theoretical debates and variations in political strategies. Kaplan's efforts to be all-inclusive lead to some overgeneralizations, particularly when she attempts to summarize centuries of complex national histories. Especially useful is the extensive multilingual bibliography of secondary materials. General; undergraduate; graduate. M. J. Slaughter; University of New Mexico

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