ERIC Number: ED237431
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Anatomy of Difference: Toward a Classification of Feminist Theory.
In an attempt to understand differences and commonalities in international feminism, a typology is presented and discussed. The study deals with feminist theory in the Federal Republic of Germany, France, Britain, the Netherlands, and the United States. The typology is based on the concept of difference. Two groups are used in the classification scheme: maximizers, those who believe that the differences between men and women are radical and should be emphasized and celebrated; and minimizers, those who would minimize the differences separating men and women and are concerned with integration. A spectrum of attitudes (both historical and contemporary) for each group, on the basis of their position on sex/gender difference and the ultimate goal each advocates for society is then examined. Connecting links between these two groups are discussed. One example of a link is the contemporary black and Third World feminism which mediates between the struggle for socialist revolution (minimizers) and the specificity of the positive values and characteristics of women of color (maximizers). (RM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: France; Germany; Great Britain; Netherlands; United States
Note: Paper presented at the National Women's Studies Association Conference (Columbus, OH, June 26-30, 1983).