Women's Studies on the Edge

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9780253300225: Women's Studies on the Edge

In this special issue of differences, contributors from very different institutions look at women's studies now. Is it a field still on the cutting edge of theory and knowledge or has it lost its edge because of internal conflicts and major changes in the organization of the university? Can the future of women's studies be read in debates about identity politics or predictions about the death of feminism? Or has it earned a lasting place in the curriculum? And is that a desirable development? Contributors range from senior scholars who have helped shape women's studies to students who are now doing their work in the field.

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About the Author:

Joan Wallach Scott is the Harold F. Linder Professor of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study. Her many books include The Politics of the Veil, Gender and the Politics of History, and Feminists Theorize the Political (co-edited with Judith Butler).

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“With its combination of landmark and new contributions, Women's Studies on the Edge will be a valuable addition to the library of any feminist scholar.” - Elizabeth Groeneveld, Third Space

“This collection of eight essays, edited by Joan Wallach Scott, discusses the impact of institutional success on women’s studies programs in the United States. . . . All the essays, each thoughtful in their own right, represent ideas that have unevenly infused academia but that continue to be salient.” - Susie S. Porter, Affilia

Women’s Studies on the Edge . . . opens possibilities for a vibrant, transformed future for women’s studies.” - Barbara Scott Winkler, Feminist Formations

“An important acquisition for institutions that have (or are in the process of setting up) programs in women’s studies, gender studies, or cultural studies. Essential.” - N. B. Rosenthal, Choice

Women’s Studies on the Edge . . . opens possibilities for a vibrant, transformed future for women’s studies.” (Barbara Scott Winkler Feminist Formations)

“An important acquisition for institutions that have (or are in the process of setting up) programs in women’s studies, gender studies, or cultural studies. Essential.” (N. B. Rosenthal Choice)

Women’s Studies on Its Own charts the course academic feminism has taken in the thirty years since the founding of the first Women’s Studies program. Even better, it offers a game plan for the next thirty years. It's indispensable.”
(Cathy N. Davidson, coeditor of No More Separate Spheres! A Next Wave American Studies Reader)

“As we enter something of a ‘post-identity politics’ era, one in which colleges and universities are increasingly held accountable for the kinds of knowledge they produce (and how and for whom), Women's Studies on Its Own offers both a rationale for and a critical analysis of the state of the field.” (Jill Dolan, author of Geographies of Learning: Theory and Practice, Activism and Performance)

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