Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice: Revisioning Academic Accountability

Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice: Revisioning Academic Accountability

by Joseph D. Parker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1438431368

ISBN-13: 9781438431369

Pub. Date: 06/01/2010

Publisher: State University of New York Press

In the 1960s and 1970s, activists who focused on the academy as a key site for fostering social change began by querying the assumptions of the traditional disciplines and transforming their curricula, putting into place women's and ethnic studies programs that changed both the subject and methods of scholarship. The pattern of scholars and activists joining forces

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In the 1960s and 1970s, activists who focused on the academy as a key site for fostering social change began by querying the assumptions of the traditional disciplines and transforming their curricula, putting into place women's and ethnic studies programs that changed both the subject and methods of scholarship. The pattern of scholars and activists joining forces to open fields of research and teaching continued in subsequent decades, and recent additions, including critical race studies, queer studies, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies, take as their epistemological foundation the inherently political nature of all knowledge production. Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice seizes this opportune moment in the history of interdisciplinary fields to review their benefits, and to consider their futures. The essays collected in this volume examine how effectively interdisciplinary fields have achieved their goals of intellectual and social change, and consider the challenges they now face inside and outside the academy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438431369
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
06/01/2010
Series:
SUNY Series, Praxis: Theory in Action Series
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice: An Introduction Joe Parker Ranu Samantrai 1

I Critiques of Disciplinarity

Chapter 2 Metaphors of Globalization Lisa Lowe 37

Chapter 3 Crossing the Immigration and Race Border: A Critical Race Theory Approach to Immigration Studies Mary Romero 63

Chapter 4 Whiteness in a Red Room: Telling Stories and Legal Discourse in the Tribal Courtroom Raquel Montoya-Lewis 87

Chapter 5 An Emergent Extradisciplinarity: Worlding Arabs, Activist Representation, and the Example of Ahdaf Soueif Mrinalini Chakravorty 105

II Critiques of Interdisciplinary Fields

Chapter 6 Cultural Studies: Justice, Values, and Social Class Patrick Brantlinger 131

Chapter 7 The Other Inters: Augmenting Academic Disciplinarity to Make Things (Happen) Alexandra Juhasz 151

Chapter 8 The Ethico-politics of Dedisciplinary Practices Joe Parker 175

Chapter 9 The Limits of Interdisciplinarity: The Case of Chicano Studies Michael Soldatenko 199

III Interdisciplinary Claims to Social Justice

Chapter 10 Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity Robyn Wiegman 217

Chapter 11 Interdisciplinarity: A Consideration from African American Studies Lindon Barrett 245

Chapter 12 Imagined Immunities: Border Rhetorics and the Ethos of Sans Frontièrisme D. Robert DeChaine 261

Chapter 13 Toward Collaborative Coalitions: From Internationalism to Interdisciplinarity Leila Neti 287

Chapter 14 Interdisciplinary Investigations and Cross-Sector Interventions Ellen Messer-Davidow 301

Chapter 15 Accounting for Interdisciplinarity Miranda Joseph 321

Afterword: Justice Without Truth? Ranu Samantrai 353

List of Contributors 363

Index 365

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