Established as an academic field in the 1970s, women's studies is a relatively young but rapidly growing area of study. Not only has the number of scholars working in this subject expanded exponentially, but women's studies has become institutionalized, offering graduate degrees and taking on departmental status in many colleges and universities. At the same time, this field-formed in the wake of the feminist movement-is finding itself in a precarious position in what is now often called a "post-feminist" society. This raises challenging issues for faculty, students, and administrators. How must the field adjust its goals and methods to continue to affect change in the future? Bringing together essays by newcomers as well as veterans to the field, this essential volume addresses timely questions including: What is the focus of women's studies? How can women's studies fulfill the promise of interdisciplinarity? What is the continuing place of activism in women's studies? What are the best ways to think about, teach, and act upon the intersections of race, class, gender, disability, nation, and sexuality? Offering innovative models for research and teaching and compelling new directions for action, Women's Studies for the Future ensures the continued relevance and influence of this developing field
Includes bibliographical references and index
What is the Subject of Women's Studies? -- Beyond Dualisms: Some Thoughts about the Future of Women's Studies / Bonnie Zimmerman -- The Possibility of Women's Studies / Robyn Wiegman-- Whither Black Women's Studies: An Interview, 1997 & 2004 / Beverly-Guy Sheftall and Evelynn M. Hammonds-- "Under Western Eyes" Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anti-Capitalist Struggles / Chandra Talpade Mohanty -- What Does Queer Studies Offer Women's Studies? -- The Problem and Promise of Instability / Nan Alamilla Boyd -- How Does Women's Studies Negotiate the Politics of Alliance and the Politics of Difference? -- Where in the Transnational World are U.S. Women of Color? / Sandra Soto -- Different Differences: Theory and the Practice of Women's Studies / Janet R. Jakobsen -- Women's Studies and Chicana Studies: Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future / Monica Brown and Miroslava Ch vez-García -- Feminism, Anti-Semitism, Politics: Does Jewish Women's Studies Have a Future? / Esther Fuchs -- Beyond Pocahontas, Princess, and Squaw: Investigating Traditional "Feminism" / Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox and Sheilah E. Nicholas -- How Can Women's Studies Fulfill the Promise of Interdisciplinarity? -- Disciplining Feminist Futures? "Undisciplined" Reflections about the Women's Studies Ph. D. / Vivian M. May -- Towards a New Feminist Internationalism / Miranda Joseph, Priti Ramamurthy, and Alys Eve Weinbaum -- Laboratories of Our Own: New Productions of Gender and Science Banu Subramaniam -- What is the Continuing Place of Activism in Women's Studies? -- Women's Studies, Neoliberalism, and the Paradox of the "Political" / David Rubin --. The Institutionalization of Women's and Gender Studies in Mexico: Achievements and Challenges / Lorenia Parada-Ampudia -- Practicing What We Teach Julia Balén -- How Has Feminist Pedagogy Responded to Changing Social Conditions?
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