Thinking Differently

A Reader in European Women's Studies

Edited by Gabrielle Griffin and Rosi Braidotti


Considers whether there is a specifically European dimension to some of the issues in women's studies.
This book is the first to ask whether there is a specifically European dimension to certain major issues in Women's Studies. It strives to create a synergetic debate among different disciplines and cultural traditions in Europe, and, in doing so, fills some gaps in our knowledge about women and enriches debates hitherto dominated by Anglo-American influences.

Reading feminism from a European perspective will enable readers to reflect upon the ways in which changes in political, social and cultural positions and practices over the past century in Europe have impacted on feminist thinking and theorizing. The volume raises important issues about the transfer of feminist concepts across cultures and languages. And to English-speaking audiences the volume also offers fresh viewpoints on some of the key debates in Women's Studies.

Author Bio

Rosi Braidotti is professor of women's studies and director of the Netherlands Research School of Women's Studies at Utrecht University. Her books include Nomadic Subjects (1994) and Patterns of Dissonance (1991). She has also edited many books, including (with Nina Lykke) Between Monsters, Goddesses and Cyborgs (Zed, 1996).

Gabriele Griffin is professor of gender studies at the University of Hull. She is the co-founding editor of the journal, Feminist Theory. Her publications include HIV/AIDS and Representation: Visibility Blue/s (2000) and (with L. Aitken) Gender Issues in Elder Abuse (1996).

Table of Contents

  • Introduction: Configuring European Women's Studies - Gabriele Griffin, with Rosi Braidotti
  • Part I: Women as Social and Political Entities
    • 1. Feminist Perspectives on the European Welfare State - Harriet Silius
    • 2. Single Women - Tuula Gordon
    • 3. Women's Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Biopolitics in Europe - Marina Calloni
  • Part II: Culture and Signification
    • 4. Space and Women's Culture - Liana Borghi
    • 5. European Feminine Identity and the Idea of Passion in Politics - Elena Pulcini and Luisa Passerini
    • 6. Psychoanalysis and Feminism: A European Phenomenon - Maria Serena Sapegno
  • Part III: Identity, Subjectivity and Difference
    • 7. Europe after 1989: The Ethnic Wars, Fascistization of Civil Society and Body Politics in Serbia- Zarana Papic
    • 8. Identities under Threat on the Eastern Borders - Svetlana Slapsak
    • 9. Identity, Subjectivity and Difference: A Critical Genealogy - Rosi Braidotti
  • Part IV: Race and Ethnicity
    • 10. Feminism and Anti-semitism - Liliane Kandel
    • 11. Diasporic Subjects and Migration in Europe- Sandra Ponzanesi
    • 12. Whiteness and European Situatedness - Gabriele Griffin with Rosi Braidotti
  • Part V: Violence Against Women: European Perspectives
    • 13. Violence against Women in the European Context: Histories, Prevalences, Theories - Carol Hagemann-White
    • 14. Sexual Violence and Ethnic Cleansing - Attacking the Family - Lisa Price
    • 15. Violence, Militarism and War - Jalna Hanmer
  • Part VI: Sex/Gender Terminology and Its Implications
    • 16. The Uses and Abuses of the Sex/Gender Distinction in European Feminist Practices - Rosi Braidotti
  • Part VII: The Rise and Fall of Women's Movements in Europe
    • 17. Introduction: Women's Movements and Feminist Research - Ute Gerhard
    • 18. The History of the Feminist Movement in France - Fran‡oise Picq
    • 19. The Women's Movement in Germany - Ute Gerhard
    • 20. The Feminist Movement in Italy - Andreina de Clementi
    • 21. Three Waves of Feminism in Denmark - Drude Dahlerup
    • 22. Histories of the Women's Movements in Norway - Beatrice Halsaa
    • 23. The History of the Hungarian Women's Movement - Andrea Pet"
    • 24. Lacking integration: The Relationship between the Women's Movement and Gender/Women's Studies in the Transitional Slovenia - Renata Scribar
    • 25. Women's Associations and Education in Spain - Maria Suarez Lafuente


'This landmark collection shows the important role of feminist scholarship in rethinking post-nationalist identity. The introductory essay alone is worth the purchase of the volume for its brilliant analysis of different focuses and styles of thinking in the U.S., northern, and southern Europe. This is a fine teaching text.'
Sandra Harding, UCLA

'A crucial step towards a truly transnational perspective in European Women's Studies. This book is a must for researchers, teachers, students, politicians and others interested in European women's studies and gender issues in Europe.'
Nina Lykke, Linkoeping University, Sweden


Publication Date: 1 October 2002
416 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781842770030
Library Edition: 9781842770023

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