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Women's Studies on the Edge
     

Women's Studies on the Edge

by Joan Wallach Scott
 

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ISBN-10: 082234274X

ISBN-13: 2900822342747

Pub. Date: 06/09/2008

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

At many universities, women's studies programs have achieved department status, establishing tenure-track appointments, graduate programs, and consistent course enrollments. Yet, as Joan Wallach Scott notes in her introduction to this collection, in the wake of its institutional successes, women's studies has begun to lose its critical purchase. Feminism, the driving

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At many universities, women's studies programs have achieved department status, establishing tenure-track appointments, graduate programs, and consistent course enrollments. Yet, as Joan Wallach Scott notes in her introduction to this collection, in the wake of its institutional successes, women's studies has begun to lose its critical purchase. Feminism, the driving political force behind women's studies, is often regarded as an outmoded political position by many of today's students, and activism is no longer central to women's studies programs on many campuses. In Women's Studies on the Edge, leading feminist scholars tackle the critical, political, and institutional challenges that women's studies has faced since its widespread integration into university curricula.

The contributors to Women's Studies on the Edge embrace feminism not as a set of prescriptions but as a critical stance, one that seeks to interrogate and disrupt prevailing systems of gender. Refusing to perpetuate and protect orthodoxies, they ask tough questions about the impact of institutionalization on the once radical field of women's studies; about the ongoing difficulties of articulating women's studies with ethnic, queer, and race studies; and about the limits of liberal concepts of emancipation for understanding non-Western women. They also question the viability of continuing to ground women's studies in identity politics authorized by personal experience. The multiple interpretations in Women's Studies on the Edge sometimes overlap and sometimes stand in opposition to one another. The result is a collection that embodies the best aspects of critique: the intellectual and political stance that thecontributors take to be feminism's ethos and its aim.

About the Author:
Joan Wallach Scott is the Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. Her many books include The Politics of the Veil, Gender and the Politics of History, and Feminists Theorize the Political (co-edited with Judith Butler)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900822342747
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
06/09/2008
Series:
a differences book
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240

Table of Contents


Introduction: Feminism's Critical Edge   Joan Wallach Scott     1
Over the Edge
The Impossibility of Women's Studies   Wendy Brown     17
Feminism, Institutionalism, and the Idiom of Failure   Robyn Wiegman     39
Edged Out
Teaching and Research in Unavailable Intersections   Afsaneh Najmabadi     69
Feminism, Democracy, and Empire: Islam and the War of Terror   Saba Mahmood     81
Transfeminism and the Future of Gender   Gayle Salamon     115
Edging in
Discipline and Vanish: Feminism, the Resistance to Theory, and the Politics of Cultural Studies   Ellen Rooney     139
Whither Black Women's Studies: Interview   Beverly Guy-Sheftall   Evelynn M. Hammonds     155
Success and Its Failures   Biddy Martin     169
Works Cited     199
Contributors     211
Index     215

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