Bibliographic Details

Routledge international encyclopedia of women : global women's issues and knowledge / Cheris Kramarae, Dale Spender, general editors.

Imprint New York : Routledge, 2000.
Description 4 v. (lviii, 2288 p.) ; 29 cm.
Language English
Subject Women -- Encyclopedias.
Feminism -- Encyclopedias.
Format Print, Book
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Varying Form of Title Portion of title International encyclopedia of women
Other authors / contributors Kramarae, Cheris.
Spender, Dale.
ISBN 0415920884 (set)
0415920892 (v. 1)
0415920906 (v. 2)
0415920914 (v. 3)
0415920922 (v. 4)
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
Review by Choice Review

Long awaited by scholars and students in women's studies and related disciplines, this set stands as a unique and indispensable multidisciplinary reference work. International in focus, the encyclopedia "represents more than three decades of worldwide scholarship--especially, though not exclusively, feminist scholarship in numerous fields of knowledge." Editors Kramarae (Univ. of Oregon) and Spender (Univ. of Queensland, Australia) gathered knowledgeable contributors from many disciplines, languages, and cultures. Compilation and organization of the articles were coordinated by specialist topic editors who oversaw 13 thematic categories (e.g., arts and literature; ecology and environment; health, reproduction, and sexuality; history and philosophy of feminism; households and families; religion and spirituality; violence and peace; and, of course, women's studies). A project so ambitious but limited to four volumes must necessarily omit some categories of information. The editors decided that instead of biographical entries, information about individual women would be incorporated into entries addressing relevant "ideas and actions." Articles emphasize issues and ideas rather than academic theories, although some theoretical articles are included. Each article provides an introduction to the topic as well as cross-references and citations to additional and more specialized sources of information. Alphabetical and topical lists of articles in the first volume and the exhaustive index in the fourth assure convenient and precise access to information. Since the editors and contributors admirably accomplish their goal of providing a resource suitable for scholars, professionals, and activists as well as for general readers, libraries large and small, academic and public, will find this incomparable encyclopedia an essential acquisition and an invaluable resource. J. Ariel University of California, Irvine

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