When women ask the questions : creating women's studies in America /

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Main Author: Boxer, Marilyn J.
Format: Book
Language:English
Published:Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, c1998.
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In this book Boxer, an organizer of one of the first woman's studies programs, evaluates the current state of the field. Alternating discussion between its insurrectionary and institutional aspects, she describes and celebrates academic feminism's pedagogical and intellectual accomplishments and explores its prospects. This enterprise was fraught with difficulty because it required contending with two different but equally hostile attitudes toward women's studies: the view that this field constitutes one of the central elements of a monstrous attack on truth, objectivity, and intellectual standards, and the argument that it has institutionalized hierarchical structures that betray the fundamental tenets of feminism. Moreover, negotiating the often fractious world of feminist theory and practice involves, as one feminist scholar once put it, tiptoeing through a theoretical minefield. Boxer has done so with admirable success, generously considering and accommodating philosophical differences and effectively defending the enterprise against its enemies. For Boxer, the strength of women's studies is its capacity to question accepted knowledge and integrate the professional and the personal. Arguing that academic feminism is unified by a commitment to justice, diversity, and interdisciplinarity, she offers it as a model for inquiry and action in the university of the future. Graduate, faculty. N. B. Rosenthal SUNY College at Old Westbury

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