So write women�s studies pioneer Catharine R. Stimpson and anthropologist Gilbert Herdt in their introduction to Critical Terms for the Study of Gender, laying out the wide-ranging nature of this interdisciplinary and rapidly changing field. The sixth in the series of �Critical Terms� books, this volume provides an indispensable introduction to the study of gender through an exploration of key terms that are a part of everyday discourse in this vital subject.
Following Stimpson and Herdt�s careful account of the evolution of gender studies and its relation to women�s and sexuality studies, the twenty-one essays here cast an appropriately broad net, spanning the study of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences. Written by a distinguished group of scholars, each essay presents students with a history of a given term�from bodies to utopia�and explains the conceptual baggage it carries and the kinds of critical work it can be made to do. The contributors offer incisive discussions of topics ranging from desire, identity, justice, and kinship to love, race, and religion that suggest new directions for the understanding of gender studies. The result is an essential reference addressed to students studying gender in very different disciplinary contexts.
Critical Terms for the Study of Gender aims to give students an introduction to the study of gender through essays on key terms ranging from "Bodies" to "Utopia." Designed for an audience of upper-level undergraduates and beginning graduate students, the volume presents twenty-one essays (all but four published here for the first time) on terms that are fundamental to this vital area of study but often unexamined by many students. Contributors explain what conceptual freight each term carries and what kinds of critical work it can be made to do. Avoiding "-isms" and specialized jargon, the collection focuses instead on terms that are part of everyday discourse in the university?but no less loaded for that.
Catharine R. Stimpson, a pioneer of women's studies and of the analysis of gender in literary texts, and Gilbert Herdt, an anthropologist known for his work on how cultures create sexual meanings and practices, have assembled a collection that spans the study of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.