Contemporary Western European Feminism (RLE Feminist Theory), 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0203084977
  • ISBN-13: 9780203084977
  • DDC: 305.4201
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 376 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2012 | Published/Released February 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2012

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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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Figures, Tables and Maps.
Other Frontmatter.
1: Western European Women: An Overview.
2: The Postwar Movements.
3: Women's Status and Employment.
4: Characteristics of Individual Countries.
5: Progressiveness in Scandinavia.
6: Conservatism in the Germanic Countries.
7: Fringe Upheavals and Creative Traditionalism in France and the Netherlands.
8: Revolutions and Radicalism in Southern Europe.
9: Outlook.
10: Into the 1990s.
Feminist Research Addresses.
Cross Reference by Country.
Names and Places Index.