Knowing Feminisms: On Academic Borders, Territories and Tribes
By: Elizabeth Stanley (editor)Hardback
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Knowing Feminisms looks at feminism as a vital source of new knowledge and new ways of working throughout a range of disciplines. It also scrutinizes the sometimes highly problematic forms its presence within academia can take. The contributors, all well-known feminist academics, discuss the epistemological and ontological 'borderlands' that feminisms inhabit, which although within, still remain 'other' to, the academy. The book addresses fundamentally important questions such as: Should feminists work within traditional disciplines or abandon them in favour of Women's Studies? Is the idea of feminist pedagogy as 'empowerment' actually one which de-skills? Does the feminist transformation of some academic disciplines signify that these are no longer significant sites of knowledge and/or power? Do the essential organizational features of disciplines and institutions depend upon repressive means, or is it possible to transform these according to feminist principles? Are some disciplines and types of institutions particularly resistant to feminist ideas?
Is an intellectual 'home' for feminism ever possible or desirable within academia, or is critical thinking best done from the margins? Can Women's Studies as an organizational presence within the university encompass dissenting positions on these foundational questions, or will it contain and control what can be said and by whom?
Liz Stanley is Director of Women's Studies and Reader in Sociology at the University of Manchester. Her recent books include: The Auto/Biographical I : The Theory and Practice of Feminist Auto/Biography (Manchester University Press, 1992); Debates in Sociology (with David Morgan, Manchester University Press, 1992); Breaking Out Again: Feminist Ontology and Epistemology (with Sue Wise, Routledge, 1993) and Sex Surveyed 1949-1994 (Taylor and Francis, 1995). An edited collection, Borderlands: Feminisms in the Academy will be published by SAGE during 1996. Liz Stanley is also the editor of the journal Auto/Biography and co-editor of the new online web journal Sociological Research Online. CONTRIBUTORS Johanna Alberti Open University Northern Region Newcastle upon Tyne Carol Brown University of Surrey Chris Corrin University of Glasgow Kathy Davis University of Utrecht Mary Evans University of Kent Elaine Graham University of Manchester Uma Kothari University of Manchester Gina Mercer James Cook University Townsville Australia Angela Montgomery Northumbria Probational Service Jean Orr Queens University Belfast Anne Seller University of Kent Ailbhe Smyth University College Dublin Sue Wilkinson University of Loughborough Sue Wise University of Lancaster
Introduction On Academic Borders, Territories, Tribes and Knowledges Whose Women's Studies? Whose Philosophy? Whose Borderland? - Anne Seller Feminist Pedagogy to the Letter - Gina Mercer A Musing on Contradictions Negotiating the Frontier - Mary Evans Women and Resistance in the Contemporary Academy In Law and Outlaw? The Tale of a Journey - Angela Montgomery Nursing the Academy - Jean Orr Bordering on Change - Chris Corrin Still Seeking Transformation - Sue Wilkinson Feminist Challenges to Psychology Feminist Theology - Elaine Graham Myth, Mystery or Monster? What Are Feminist Academics For? - Sue Wise Dancing between Hemispheres - Carol Brown Negotiating Routes for the Dancer-Academic A Fantasy of Belonging? - Johanna Alberti Identity and Representation - Uma Kothari Experiences of Teaching a Neo-Colonial Discipline Borderline Crosstalk - Ailbhe Smyth Writing the Borders - Liz Stanley Episodic and Theoretic Thoughts on Not/Belonging What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? The Ambivalences of Professional Feminism - Kathy Davis Knowing Feminisms and Passing Women A Conclusion
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