The following guide was developed to support students, faculty and researchers in the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice access and utilize relevant resources available through UBC Library.
Subject Headings are standard terms used by the University of British Columbia Library (and most other college and university libraries) to show the subjects of library materials. Subject headings are assigned to all items listed in the online catalog, which makes it easier to find books on the same or similar topics.
Subject terms can be access from the Library of Congress Classification Outline. These terms are also published in four large red volumes, called Library of Congress Subject Headings, or LCSH (sometimes called simply "the big red books"). The set is located at the Humanities and Social Sciences reference desk on 2nd floor of Koerner Library. Sometimes you can guess the proper Subject Heading, but generally it is better to refer to the books. You can also ask a librarian for help!
For Women's studies click on the H--Social Sciencesand then click on subclass HQ for The Familiy, Marriage, and Women. Here you will get a detalied list of the HQ subfields.
Tip: Every record in the UBC Library catalogue shows the subject headings that have been assigned to the item. Subject headings are hyperlinked, so you can click on the term to see other materials on the same topic.
Below are a few subject headings for resources in the library catalogue:
By the time Rock Hudson's death in 1985 alerted all America to the danger of the AIDS epidemic, the disease had spread across the nation, killing thousands of people and emerging as the greatest health crisis of the 20th century. America faced a troubling question: What happened? How was this epidemic allowed to spread so far before it was taken seriously? In answering these questions, Shilts weaves the disparate threads into a coherent story, pinning down every evasion and contradiction at the highest levels of the medical, political, and media establishments.
This carefully argued and powerfully inspirational work is a comprehensive examination of the core issues of sexual politics, including political solidarity among women, men as partners in struggle, and the feminist movement to end violence. Always engaging and frequently provocative, hooks combines an accessible style with critical insight to offer a vision of feminism rooted in compassion, respect, and integrity.
The changing face of feminist discourse as reflected by the career of one of its preeminent scholars. Thirty years after the height of feminist theory, this collection invites us to reflect on the history of feminism and take a hard look at where it stands today. Selected essays include "Sexual Indifference and Lesbian Representation," "The Lure of the Mannish Lesbian," "Eccentric Subjects," "Habit Changes," "The Intractability of Desire," and the unpublished article "Figures of Resistance."
Weaves together history, philosophy, economics, biology, and a host of other disciplines to analyze the Western notion of "woman"; and to explore the power of sexuality. Drawing on extensive interviews with women of every age and station of life, synthesizing research about women's bodies and psyches as well as their historic and economic roles, The Second Sex is an encyclopedic and cogently argued document about inequality and enforced "otherness".
Why do some people prefer heterosexual love while others fancy the same sex? Is sexual identity biologically determined or a product of convention? In this brilliant and provocative book, the acclaimed author ofMyths of Genderargues that even the most fundamental knowledge about sex is shaped by the culture in which scientific knowledge is produced.Drawing on astonishing real-life cases and a probing analysis of centuries of scientific research, Fausto-Sterling demonstrates how scientists have historically politicized the body. In lively and impassioned prose, she breaks down three key dualisms - sex/gender, nature/nurture, and real/constructed - and asserts that individuals born as mixtures of male and female exist as one of five natural human variants and, as such, should not be forced to compromise their differences to fit a flawed societal definition of normality.
An in-depth study of women and race explores the complex relationship between racism and sexism, analyzes the role of women and race, and traces the historical connection between sexism, racism, and class consciousness.