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Many feminists love a utopia—the idea of restarting humanity from scratch or transforming human nature in order to achieve a prescribed future based on feminist visions. Some scholars argue that feminist utopian fiction can be used as a template for creating such a future. However, Sally L. Kitch argues that associating feminist thought with utopianism is a mistake.

Drawing on the history of utopian thought, as well as on her own research on utopian communities, Kitch defines utopian thinking, explores the pitfalls of pursuing social change based on utopian ideas, and argues for a "higher ground" —a contrasting approach she calls realism. Replacing utopianism with realism helps to eliminate self-defeating notions in feminist theory, such as false generalization, idealization, and unnecessary dichotomies. Realistic thought, however, allows feminist theory to respond to changing circumstances, acknowledge sameness as well as difference, value the past and the present, and respect ideological give-and-take.

An important critique of feminist thought, Kitch concludes with a clear, exciting vision for a feminist future without utopia.

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Foreword, by Catharine StimpsonIntroductionI. The Utopian Roots of American FeminismIntroduction1. The American Utopian Landscape2. Feminist UtopiasII. Utopianism in Feminist Thought and TheoryIntroduction3. Detecting Utopianism4. Utopian DiscoursesIII. Toward Higher Ground: Approaching Realism in Feminist Thought and TheoryIntroduction5. Searching for Realism6. Toward Realistic Feminist DiscourseIV. Beyond FeminismIntroduction7. Confronting the Culture of UtopiaReferencesIndex

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 269-291) and index.

Table of Contents

Foreword, by Catharine Stimpson

Introduction

I. The Utopian Roots of American Feminism

Introduction

1. The American Utopian Landscape

2. Feminist Utopias

II. Utopianism in Feminist Thought and Theory

Introduction

3. Detecting Utopianism

4. Utopian Discourses

III. Toward Higher Ground: Approaching Realism in Feminist Thought and Theory

Introduction

5. Searching for Realism

6. Toward Realistic Feminist Discourse

IV. Beyond Feminism

Introduction

7. Confronting the Culture of Utopia

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226438573
Author:
Kitch, Sally L.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Kitch, Sally L.
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
History
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Feminism
Subject:
Utopias
Subject:
Feminist theory
Subject:
Utopias in literature
Subject:
Feminist fiction
Subject:
Feminism -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
20000731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
4 line drawings
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Foreword, by Catharine StimpsonIntroductionI. The Utopian Roots of American FeminismIntroduction1. The American Utopian Landscape2. Feminist UtopiasII. Utopianism in Feminist Thought and TheoryIntroduction3. Detecting Utopianism4. Utopian DiscoursesIII. Toward Higher Ground: Approaching Realism in Feminist Thought and TheoryIntroduction5. Searching for Realism6. Toward Realistic Feminist DiscourseIV. Beyond FeminismIntroduction7. Confronting the Culture of UtopiaReferencesIndex
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