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Knowing Feminisms : On Academic Borders, Territories and Tribes - Elizabeth Stanley

Knowing Feminisms

On Academic Borders, Territories and Tribes

By: Elizabeth Stanley (Editor)

Paperback Published: 10th March 1997
ISBN: 9780803975415
Number Of Pages: 224

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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?

`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

Introduction
On Academic Borders, Territories, Tribes and Knowledges
Whose Women's Studies? Whose Philosophy? Whose Borderland?
Feminist Pedagogy to the Letter
A Musing on Contradictions
Negotiating the Frontier
Women and Resistance in the Contemporary Academy
In Law and Outlaw? The Tale of a Journey
Nursing the Academy
Bordering on Change
Still Seeking Transformation
Feminist Challenges to Psychology
Feminist Theology
Myth, Mystery or Monster?
What Are Feminist Academics For?
Dancing between Hemispheres
Negotiating Routes for the Dancer-Academic
A Fantasy of Belonging?
Identity and Representation
Experiences of Teaching a Neo-Colonial Discipline
Borderline Crosstalk
Writing the Borders
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
Knowing Feminisms and Passing Women
A Conclusion
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ISBN: 9780803975415
ISBN-10: 0803975414
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 10th March 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.32