By Linda McDowell, Joane P. Sharp
A Feminist word list of Human Geography is the 1st advisor to the most theories, ideas and phrases widespread in geographical debates approximately gender relations.
Written by way of key participants to feminist thought, it comprises over four hundred full of life and obtainable definitions of the phrases present in feminist debates which scholars of geography want to know. 4 degrees of access are used - from 50 to 1500 phrases - taking account of the various levels of complexity of the phrases covered.
From 'AIDS' to 'witch', from 'abortion' to 'whiteness', this 'Glossary' is cross-referenced all through and features a finished bibliography. it's a useful reference for somebody learning geography and gender, permitting them to process the terminology of feminist thought and concepts with self assurance.
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Additional info for A Feminist Glossary of Human Geography
Relevant terms which are also included in the glossary are indicated in small capitals, either as they appear in the entry, or listed at the end. We decided not to list readings at the end of each entry but have, instead provided a complete bibliography to the book, but the key references are indicated by author and date within each entry. If nothing else, the length of the bibliography indicates the health of feminist scholarship. While this glossary is unique in its focus on feminist geography, there are a number of related glossaries that may be useful.
Biological determinism has been used to justify racist, homophobic, misogynist and other oppressive policies. However, the evidence against it is not based on its past destructive applications but on its unworkable attempt to deny causal powers to social and psychological structures. Obviously, social life has biological effects: the class system brings about differential rates of mortality and morbidity. Human beings could be described as biologically social, since ‘dependence upon social life is built into our very anatomical and physiological constitution, and into our developmental rhythms’ (Benton, 1991: 23).
First used by the American feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman in the early part of the twentieth century to draw attention to MASCULINE bias, the term has since been used to highlight and criticise the process by which a male-centred ‘world-view’ is constructed and promoted as normative despite the fact that over 50% of the world’s population is female. Although some feminists have argued that androcentrism is employed explicitly as an instrument for enforcing and perpetuating the ideology of PATRIARCHY, others would argue that its greater danger lies in its implicitness.