Feminist theory from margin to center is a 1984 book about feminist theory by bell hooksthe book confirmed her importance as a leader in radical feminist thought the margin in the title refers to hooks description of black women as existing on the margins and their lives hidden from mainstream american society as well as not being part of mainstream feminist theory. Feminist theory from margin to center is an important book it is a readable comprehensive analytical critique of american feminist theory which should be widely used in womens studies courses and read by both scholars and activists patricia bell scott the womens review of books 1985. Feminist theory from margin to center is an intellectual powerhouse in documenting the advent of feminist thought hooks interrogates threads of classism misandry and racism that hooks identifies as undermining the overall feminist movement. Feminist theory established bell hooks as one of international feminisms most challenging and influential voices this edition includes a new preface by the author reflecting on the books impact and the development of her ideas since it was first published in this beautifully written and carefully argued work hooks maintains that mainstream feminisms reliance on white middle class and . 2 feminist theory from margin to center men without children without homes she ignored the exist ence of all non white women and poor white women she did not tell readers whether it was more fulfilling to be a maid a babysitter a factory worker a clerk or a prostitute than to be a leisure class housewife
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