Recommended literature

Recommended readings by the 2016/17 cohort

LSE Library's subject guide

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Please note: the readings individually listed here are ones suggested by current and previous students as a selection of texts that they feel could help you prepare for your time at LSE Gender.

These readings are meant to give you an idea of course content and be a guide if you want to start doing some reading.

  • Butler, J. (1990), Gender Trouble.  London: Routledge
  • Evans M., et al. (2012) Gender: the key concepts. London: Routledge 
  • Evans, M., & Hemmings, C., et al. (2014) The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. London: SAGE Publications
  • Foucault M. (1976) History of Sexuality. London: Penguin

General background reading for studying at LSE Gender

  • Alcoff, L. (1995). The problem of speaking for others. In J. Roof & R. Wiegman (Eds.), Who can speak? Authority and critical identity. Chicago: University of Illinois Press. 97-119
  • Butler, J. (1990), Gender Trouble.  London: Routledge
  • Butler, J. (2011) Bodies that Matter. London, Routledge
  • Crenshaw, K. (1989) Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics. Chicago: University of Chicago Legal Forum, 1: 139 -167
  • Cruikshank B. (1999) The Will to Empower: Democratic Citizens and Other Subjects. New York: Cornell University Press
  • De Beauvoir S. (1997) The Second Sex. London: Vintage Classics
  • Foucault M. (1976) History of Sexuality. London: Penguin.
  • Fricker M. (2007) Epistemic Injustice: Power and the Ethics of Knowing. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Hemmings C. (2011) Why Stories Matter: The Political Grammar of Feminist Theory. Durham: Duke University Press
  • Hooks, b. (1987) Ain't I a Woman? Black Women and Feminism. London: Pluto Press
  • Mohanty, C. (1988) Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses. Feminist Review, 3: 61 - 88
  • RabinowP. (1989) The Foucault Reader, New York: Pantheon Books
  • Spivak G. (1999) A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press.
  • Spivak G. (1988) Can the Subaltern Speak? in Nelson, C & Grossbergm, L. (Eds) Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture. London: Macmillan
  • Wheleham, I., & Pilcher, J. (2004) 50 Key Concepts in Gender Studies. London: SAGE Publications Ltd

MSc Gender

  • Anzaldúa, G. (1987) Borderlands. The New Mestiza = La Frontera. San Fransisco: Aunt Lute Books
  • Madhok, S., et al. (2013) Gender, Agency and Coercion. London: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Oakley, A. (2000) Experiments in Knowing: Gender and Method in the Social Sciences. Cambridge: Polity
  • Spelman, E. (1988) Inessential Woman. Problems of Exclusion in Feminist Thought. New York: Beacon Press
  • Stoler , L. (2002). Carnal Knowledge and Imperial Power: Race and the Intimate in Colonial Rule. California: University of California Press

Interested in MSc Gender? Visit the programme information webpage.

MSc Gender Research

  • Chouliaraki L. (2006) The Spectatorship of Suffering. London: SAGE Publications
  • Halberstam J. (1998) Female Masculinity. Durham: Duke University Press
  • Muños J. (1999) Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics. Minnesota: University of Minnesota Press
  • Preciado P. (2008) Testo Junkie: Sex, Drugs, and Biopolitcs in The Pharmacopornographic Era. New York: City University of New York 
  • Puar J. (2007) Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times. Durham: The Duke University Press

Interested in MSc Gender (Research)? Visit the programme information webpage.

Msc Gender, Development and Globalisation

  • Beneria L. (2003) Gender, Development and Globalization: economics as if all people mattered. London: London Routledge 
  • Bhavnani K. (2003) Feminist futures: re-imagining women, culture and development. Chicago: University of Chicago Press
  • Evans M., et al. (2012) Gender: the key concepts. London: Routledge 
  • Evans M., et al. (2014) The SAGE handbook of feminist theory. London: SAGE Publications

Interested in MSc Gender, Development and Globalisation? Visit the programme information webpage.

MSc Gender, Media and Culture

  • El-Tayeb, F. (2006) European Others: Queering Ethnicity in Postnational Europe. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press
  • Gill, R. (2006) Gender and Media. Cambridge: Polity Press
  • Hall, S. (1997) Representation: cultural representations and signifying practices. London: Sage Publications
  • Mahmood, S. (2005) The Politics of Piety. New Jersey,Princeton University Press
  • Said, E. (1978) Orientalism. New York: Pantheon Books

Interested in MSc Gender, Media and Culture? Visit our programme information webpage.

MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities

  • Evans, M., & Hemmings, C., et al. (2014) The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory. London: SAGE Publications 
  • Evans, M., & Williams, C, H. (2013) Gender: The Key Concepts. London:  Routledge
  • Hobson, B. (2002) Making men into fathers: men, masculinities and the social politics of fatherhood. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  • Lewis, J. (1992) Gender and the development of welfare regimes. Journal of European Social Policy, 2: 159-173
  • Orloff, S. (1993) Gender and the Social Rights of Citizenship: The Comparative Analysis of Gender Relations and Welfare States. American Sociological Review, 58(3):303 - 328

Interested in MSc Gender, Policy and Inequalities? Visit our programme information webpage.

MSc Women, Peace and Security

Complete reading lists for the MSc in Women, Peace and Security will be made available to registered students. Preliminary information on readings for particular courses is available on the graduate course guides.

Interested in MSc Women, Peace and Security? Visit our programme information webpage.