Women's Studies on Its Own: A Next Wave Reader in Institutional Change / Edition 1

Women's Studies on Its Own: A Next Wave Reader in Institutional Change / Edition 1

by Robyn Wiegman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822329867

ISBN-13: 9780822329862

Pub. Date: 11/13/2002

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Since the 1970s, Womens Studies has grown from a volunteerist political project to a full-scale academic enterprise. Women's Studies on Its Own assesses the present and future of the field, demonstrating how institutionalization has extended a vital, ongoing intellectual project for a new generation of scholars and students.

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Since the 1970s, Womens Studies has grown from a volunteerist political project to a full-scale academic enterprise. Women's Studies on Its Own assesses the present and future of the field, demonstrating how institutionalization has extended a vital, ongoing intellectual project for a new generation of scholars and students.

Women's Studies on Its Own considers the history, pedagogy, and curricula of Women's Studies programs, as well as the field's relation to the managed university. Both theoretically and institutionally grounded, the essays examine the pedagogical implications of various divisions of knowledge-racial, sexual, disciplinary, geopolitical, and economic. They look at the institutional practices that challenge and enable Women's Studies-including interdisciplinarity, governance, administration, faculty review, professionalism, corporatism, fiscal autonomy, and fiscal constraint. Whether thinking about issues of academic labor, the impact of postcolonialism on Women's Studies curricula, or the relation between education and the state, the contributors bring insight and wit to their theoretical deliberations on the shape of a transforming field.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822329862
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
11/13/2002
Series:
Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: On Location / Robyn Wiegman 1

I: Histories of the Present

Feminist Cultural Literacy: Translating Differences, Cannibal Options / Sneja Gunew 47

Transnational Practices and Interdisciplinary Feminist Scholarship: Refiguring Women's and Gender Studies / Caren Kaplan and Inderpal Grewal 66

Notes from the (Non)Field: Teaching and Theorizing Women of Color / Rachel Lee 82

The Progress of Gender: Whither "Women"? / Robyn Wiegman 106

The Present and Our Past: Simone de Beauvoir, Descartes, and Presentism in the Historiography of Feminism / Jane O. Newman 141

II: Institutional Pedagogies (A Forum)

Contending with Disciplinarity / Kathleen M. Blee 177

The Past in Our Present: Theorizing the Activist Project of Women's Studies / Bonnie Zimmerman 183

Rethinking Collectivity: Chicago Feminism, Athenian Democracy, and the Consumer University / Judith Kegan Gardiner 191

From Politics to Professionalism: Cultural Change in Women's Studies / Jean C. Robinson 202

Battle-Weary Feminists and Supercharged Grrls: Generational Differences and Outsider Status in Women's Studies Administration / Devoney Looser 211

Taking Account of Women's Studies / Diane Elam 218

Nice Work, If You Can Get It—-and If You Can't? Building Women's Studies Without Tenure Lines / Robyn R. Warhol 224

The Politics of "Excellence" / Jeanette McVicker 233

III. In the Shadow of Capital

Academic Housework: Women's Studies and Second Shifting / Dale M. Bauer 245

(In)Different Spaces: Feminist Journeys from the Academy to the Mall / Sivagami Subbaraman 258

Analogy and Complicity: Women's Studies, Lesbian/Gay Studies, and Capitalism / Miranda Joseph 267

Institutional Success and Political Vulnerability: A Lesson in the Importance of Allies / Marcia Westkott 293

Life After Women's Studies: Graduates and the Labor Market / Maryanne Dever, Denise Cuthbert, and Lindsey Pollak 312

IV: Critical Classrooms

Strangers in the Classroom / Sabina Sawhney 341

"Women of Color in the U.S.": Pedagogical Reflections on the Politics of "the Name" / Minoo Moallem 368

Negotiating the Politics of Experiential Learning in Women's Studies: Lessons from the Community Action Project / Nancy A. Naples 383

What Should Every Women's Studies Major Know? Reflections on the Capstone Seminar / Susan Stanford Friedman 416

Subversive Couplings: On Antiracism and Postcolonialism in Graduate Women's Studies / Laura E. Donaldson, Anne Donadey, and Jael Silliman 438

Afterword: Continuity and Change in Women's Studies / Gloria Bowles 457

Bibliography: Locating Feminism 465

Contributors 491

Index 499

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