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Knowing Feminisms
On Academic Borders, Territories and Tribes

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March 1997 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
While scrutinizing the sometimes highly problematic forms feminismÆs presence within the academy can take, Knowing Feminisms looks at it as a source of new knowledge and new ways of working. The contributors, all well-known feminist academics, discuss the epistemological and ontological "borderlands" that feminisms inhabit withinùalthough "other" toùthe academy. This volume addresses such fundamentally important questions for feminist academics and students as: + Should feminists leave disciplines for WomenÆs Studies, or do the disciplines retain desirable qualities? + Is the idea of feminist pedagogy as "empowerment" actually one that de-skills? + Does the feminist transformation of some academic disciplines signify that these are no longer significant sites of knowledge/power? + Do the fundamental organizational features of disciplines and institutions depend on repressive means, or is it possible to transform these according to feminist principles? + Are some disciplines and types of institution 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 WomenÆs 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? These questions are rarely asked in such a concerted and thorough way as in Knowing Feminisms. The book will be essential reading for academics and students from across the social science.
 
Introduction
On Academic Borders, Territories, Tribes and Knowledges

 
Anne Seller
Whose Women's Studies? Whose Philosophy? Whose Borderland?
Gina Mercer
Feminist Pedagogy to the Letter
A Musing on Contradictions

 
Mary Evans
Negotiating the Frontier
Women and Resistance in the Contemporary Academy

 
Angela Montgomery
In Law and Outlaw? The Tale of a Journey
Jean Orr
Nursing the Academy
Chris Corrin
Bordering on Change
Sue Wilkinson
Still Seeking Transformation
Feminist Challenges to Psychology

 
Elaine Graham
Feminist Theology
Myth, Mystery or Monster?

 
Sue Wise
What Are Feminist Academics For?
Carol Brown
Dancing between Hemispheres
Negotiating Routes for the Dancer-Academic

 
Johanna Alberti
A Fantasy of Belonging?
Uma Kothari
Identity and Representation
Experiences of Teaching a Neo-Colonial Discipline

 
Ailbhe Smyth
Borderline Crosstalk
Liz Stanley
Writing the Borders
Episodic and Theoretic Thoughts on Not/Belonging

 
Kathy Davis
What's a Nice Girl Like You Doing in a Place Like This? The Ambivalences of Professional Feminism
 
Knowing Feminisms and Passing Women
A Conclusion

 

`Knowing Feminisms is an analysis of the complex relationship of the feminist academic with her profession... This book is an excellent compilation of feminist critiques from the standpoint of women in seven academic disciplines' - NWSA Journal

`Stanley's collection aims to avert the feminist gaze away from those "others" who are its subject matter, "and a little towards this `gaze' itself, to the process of knowledge production"... a necessary read' - Feminist Magazine

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Elizabeth Stanley

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... More About Author

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