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Women in Catholic Higher Education: Border Work, Living Experiences, and Social Justice

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Women in Catholic Higher Education: Border Work, Living Experiences, and Social Justice examines the contemporary contradictions and tensions faced by women who teach and work in Catholic institutions of higher learning. Delving into discourse traditionally silenced by the Catholic hierarchy, this edited collection observes the ways in which patriarchal structures often hinder women's advancement within these institutions. The contributors describe their own conflicts and successes in their attempts to negotiate ...

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Overview

Women in Catholic Higher Education: Border Work, Living Experiences, and Social Justice examines the contemporary contradictions and tensions faced by women who teach and work in Catholic institutions of higher learning. Delving into discourse traditionally silenced by the Catholic hierarchy, this edited collection observes the ways in which patriarchal structures often hinder women's advancement within these institutions. The contributors describe their own conflicts and successes in their attempts to negotiate their academic careers and personal lives in the context of the clash between secular and Catholic patriarchal values. In their critical analysis, they extrapolate from their particular experiences and suggest concrete steps toward social justice for women in Catholic higher education. The risk-taking and creative thought inaugurated here by editors Sharlene Hesse-Biber and Denise Leckenby will undoubtedly serve as a model for other scholars fully engaged, both as professionals and as social individuals, in careers and lives on Catholic campuses.

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Editorial Reviews

American Catholic Studies
This book deserves a place in the library of any Catholic institution of higher education both as living history and as a rebuke and reminder.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice
This is a good book, some of it downright bold. Readers will be challenged, provoked even, into thinking more deeply about issues.
Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice
This is a good book, some of it downright bold. Readers will be challenged, provoked even, into thinking more deeply about issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739105191
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 8/15/2003
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, is the Founder and Director of the National Association of Women in Catholic Higher Education (NAWCHE). Denise Leckenby is a teaching fellow at Boston College and has worked for NAWCHE.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Border Work, Living Experience, and Social Justice Part 2 Feminist Border Work: Tensions and Contradictions Chapter 3 What Doesn't Kill You Will Make You Strong: Black Women and Catholic Colleges Chapter 4 Cultural Barriers Facing Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Studies Chapter 5 Navigating Bi-Cultural Waters Part 6 Living Experiences: Identity, Empowerment, and Action Chapter 7 Women in God's Country: Teaching Gender Studies at Saint Michael's College Chapter 8 Living the Experiences of a Feminist Faculty Member at a Catholic Institution Chapter 9 Walking on a Wire and Weaving a Safety-Net: Women's Studies and Campus Administrative Offices Chapter 10 No Sleep for the Lions: Women's Leadership in Catholic Higher Education Part 11 Social Justice: The Ideal, the Reality, and the Quest Chapter 12 The IP (Impostor Phenomenon) and Women in Theology Chapter 13 Ex Corde: Constraint or Window of Opportunity? Chapter 14 Mission and Ministry of American Catholic Colleges and Universities for the Next Century: Vocation and Dialogic Models for Social Justice Chapter 15 Conclusion: Strife and Synthesis: Women and Women's Studies in Catholic Higher Education

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