What is feminist critical theory

Feminist Theory and Critical Media Culture Analysis

Starting points and perspectives

What potential does feminist knowledge production have for critical media research? In today's media cultures, the socially constantly contested processes of production, legitimation, but also transformation of power and domination relationships are unmistakably interwoven with media representations, technologies and media trading practices.

The volume presents pioneering contributions to feminist theory formation (by Adrienne Rich, bell hooks, Donna Haraway and Judith Butler, among others), which have been recognized by recognized authors for their importance for a socio-theoretical media research.

Chapter overview

  1. Frontmatter

    page 1
  2. Editorial

    Pages 2 - 4
  3. content

    Pages 5 - 10
  4. Introduction: Feminist theory and critical media culture analysis - localizations in social movement, social criticism, reflective science and a vision of emancipation

    Pages 11-22
  5. Feminist rule and social criticism


    Pages 25 - 38
  6. The revolt of women against housework and the feminist redefinition of work, the class struggle and the capitalist crisis

    Pages 39 - 46
  7. Subsistence production, housewifeization, colonization

    Pages 47 - 58
  8. Controversies about Oppressive Relations: Race, Class and Gender in the Feminist Debate


    Pages 59 - 74
  9. You cannot tear down the lord's house with the lord's tools

    Pages 75 - 84
  10. Feminism and Class Power

    Pages 85 - 90
  11. »Oppositional View« and »Speaking Nearby«: Blacks and Postcolonial Interventions in the Field of Gender and Media


    Pages 91-106
  12. The oppositional view. Black women as spectators

    Pages 107-116
  13. Speaking Nearby - Interview by Nancy N. Chen with Trin T. Min-ha

    Pages 117 - 126
  14. Queer (Media) Studies


    Pages 127-140
  15. Forced heterosexuality and lesbian existence

    Pages 141-152
  16. Identity, Anatomical Gender, and the Metaphysics of Substance

    Pages 153-162
  17. Intersectionality and communication research: impulses for critical media analysis


    Pages 163-178
  18. Demarginalize the intersection of "race" and gender

    Pages 179-188
  19. Intersectionality. To analyze social inequalities

    Pages 189-200
  20. Equality, Difference, Construction and Deconstruction: Approaches to Feminist Research Revisited


    Pages 201-216
  21. We are not born girls, we are made to be

    Pages 217-226
  22. Making differences: On the social psychology of hierarchization in gender relations

    Pages 227-240
  23. Privacy and Public in Feminist Theory


    Pages 243-258
  24. Sexual Politics Theory

    Pages 259-262
  25. Public and private. Sociopolitical Constructions and the History of Gender Relations

    Pages 263-268
  26. Speech of the »Action Council for the Liberation of Women«

    Pages 269-274
  27. Sexism: (Re) updates and conjunctures in the women's movement, gender research and the media publics


    Pages 275-292
  28. The Politics of Reality: Sexism

    Pages 293-304
  29. Feminism - our past, our future

    Pages 305-314
  30. Drafting and Dissolving Boundaries - Digital Media and Gender


    Pages 315 - 328
  31. Cyborgs - A Myth of Political Identity

    Pages 329-336
  32. On the Matrix: Cyberfeminist simulations

    Pages 337 - 346
  33. Body and performativity


    Pages 349-362
  34. Beauty (re) discovers the male body

    Pages 363-372
  35. Physical inscriptions, performative subversions

    Pages 373-382
  36. Remembrance work - Feminist and queer interventions in media cultures


    Pages 383-398
  37. On the politics of memory

    Pages 399-408
  38. Making memory work for feminist theory

    Pages 409-422
  39. (Queer) Feminist Subjects: Theoretical Interventions and Political Resistance


    Pages 423-438
  40. La conciencia de la mestiza. Towards a New Consciousness

    Pages 439-448
  41. Introduction: By Way of Nomadism

    Pages 449-460
  42. Avant-garde, subjectivity, coalition? Political drafts in feminist manifestos since the 1960s


    Pages 463 - 477
  43. Manifesto of the Society for the Extermination of Men

    Page 478

    Pages 479-480
  45. Fourth World Manifesto

    Pages 481-484
  46. Womanist

    Page 485
  47. Contrasexual manifesto

    Pages 486 - 490

    Page 491
  49. Riot Grrrl Manifesto

    Pages 492 - 494
  50. Criticism, ability to act and resistance: pop feminism

    Introduction I.

    Pages 495 - 508
  51. Introduction II: Hot Topic

    Pages 509-512
  52. Riot Grrrls, Bitchsm, and Pussy Power: interview with Reyhan Şahin / Lady Bitch Ray

    Pages 513-522
  53. Feminist net politics and net activism


    Pages 523-538
  54. New Sciences: Cyborg Feminism And The Methodology Of The Oppressed

    Pages 539-546
  55. Gender, Identity, and (the Limits of) Play on the Internet

    Pages 547-556
  56. Bibliography

    Pages 557-560
  57. Author directory

    Pages 561-566

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1. Why a book on this subject?

Reprints of feminist texts become the starting point for the discussion of challenges in contemporary media cultures: the volume promotes collective memory of feminist social theory and criticism, it shows feminist theories as part of critical media research and the emancipatory potential of feminist research - the focus is on political relevance feminist theories and their use for critical media studies.

2. What new perspectives does your book open up?

Two sources, which from the experience of feminist politics and struggles, formulated epistemological and (scientific) political interventions and inspired a power-critical questioning of social positions, processes and relationships, are assigned to each contribution. Designated authors discuss these sources - organized in the chapters: Starting points of feminist thought, public and private, experience and subjectivity and feminist politics.

3. What significance does the topic have in the current research debates?

Bringing feminist theory and critical media culture analysis together in the context of reflective science and the vision of emancipation is new and topical. It becomes clear how interventions in the field of analysis of media-cultural practices, phenomena and processes can look. This enables a look at communication and media studies male and mainstream research, in which gender-oriented and queer intersectional, postcolonial, aspects and findings are clearly neglected.

4. Who would you most like to discuss your book with?

For reading and discussion with students and doctoral candidates in media and communication studies. And with journalists and media experts interested in science policy - because since the book pursues an explicitly socially critical approach, for which feminist theory and activism are common starting points, it is particularly suitable for productive controversies in the scientific community and a public interested in media.

5. Your book in one sentence:

Our book offers appreciative and reflective readings of feminist texts as a starting point for contemporary media culture analysis and social criticism.

"Diverse highlights on much-discussed authors and theoretical concepts."
Keyword, 51 (2021)
"The volume provides a collection of fundamental primary texts and spans an arc to network politics, digitization, pop feminism in order to shed light on the emancipatory potential and pitfalls of current media cultures."
Lea Susemichel, an.schlag, 1 (2021)
Book title
Feminist Theory and Critical Media Culture Analysis Starting Points and Perspectives
kart., dispersion binding
BISAC code
SOC052000 SOC032000
Publication date
September 1, 2020
Gender, media
Media studies, communication studies, cultural studies, sociology, gender studies
Gender Media Studies, Feminist Theory, Critical Media Research, Media Culture, Power, Domination, Representation, Media, Gender, Media Theory, Gender Studies, Media Aesthetics, Media Studies, Gender