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Catching a Wave
Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century
Rory Dicker, ed.; Alison Piepmeier, ed.; Katha Pollitt, afterword; Jennifer Baumgardner, afterword




Northeastern University Press
2003 • 320 pp. 6 x 9"
Women's Studies / Cultural Studies / Gender Studies / Feminism

$25.95 Paperback, 978-1-55553-570-4



Rory Dicker and Alison Piepmeier edited the book they wanted to read and teach, constructing it around the consciousness-raising model to reflect the progression from self-discovery to feminist identification and collective political action. This organization makes Catching a Wave a unique primer for people new to feminism and its ideals. Its chapters also reawaken those of us who need a reminder of the connections among our personal lives, the hegemonic social order, and superstructures.SIGNS

A collection of original essays that calls for new voices to redefine feminism.

Young women today have benefited from the strides made by grassroots social activists in the 1960s and 1970s, yet they are hesitant to identify themselves as feminists and seem apathetic about carrying the torch of older generations to redress persistent sexism and gender-based barriers. Contesting the notion that we are in a post-feminist age, this provocative collection of original essays identifies a third wave of feminism. The contributors argue that the next generation needs to develop a politicized, collective feminism that both builds on the strategies of second wave feminists and is grounded in the material realities and culture of the twenty-first century.

Organized in five sections that mirror the stages of consciousness-raising, this is an engaging, often edgy, look at a broad range of perspectives on the diversity, complexity, multiplicity, and playfulness of the third wave. It is also a call to action for new voices to redefine a feminism that is not only personally aware but also politically involved.

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Reviews:

“Compelling and conversational without sounding angry or overtly academic . . . ”Transformations



Rory Dicker is Assistant Professor of English at Westminster College. She lives in Columbia, Missouri. Alison Piepmeier is Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies at Vanderbilt University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Katha Pollitt is a poet, essayist, and columnist for 'The Nation.' Jennifer Baumgardner writes for various magazines, including 'Ms,' 'Harper's,' and 'Elle,' and is the coauthor (with Amy Richards) of 'Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism, and the Future.'






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