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50 Key Concepts in Gender Studies: Book Review
With gender studies now getting established as a separate area of knowledge along with being an integral part of various subject areas in science, humanities and fine arts, books on gender issues and concern are being published. One such book, which has become a common reference and resource document, is '50 Key Concepts in Gender Studies'. The book not only works a basic book on building the basic vocabulary on the subject but also provides an authentic account of key concepts of this emergent subject area.

The book authored by two subject experts, Jane Pilcherand Imelda Whelehan, discusses the historical background of gender studies and reflects on the subtle gender issues in the contemporary world to explain the complex multi-faceted nature of the discipline.

The book is suitable for students, educators and researchers in the areas of gender and women's studies. The way the book has been formatted, it enables the readers to make sense of burning gender issues in the society, social equity, contemporary theoretical movements, discourses, discussions and debates.

Published by SAGE, the book promises readers an acquisition of 1,500 word expositions of 50 topics central to the field as the title of the book suggests.

The structure of the book is such that each concept begins with a concise definition and is illustrated through its application and examples. Thereafter, the concept is cross-referenced with and linked to other key concepts. At the end of each concept, there are suggestions for further reading.

This kind of structure has been rightfully defended with the argument that ‘encourages understanding of gender studies without sacrificing depth detail and critical evaluation essential to convey the complexity of the issues dealt with. As such, the book appeals both to undergraduate and postgraduate students across a range of social science disciplines’.

In this 210-page book, the fifty key concepts not only provide a comprehensive picture of the subject but its relation with other disciplines along with the insights into an ever-shifting dynamic of debates and ideas.

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