A feminist I: reflections from academia by Christine Overall PDF

By Christine Overall

ISBN-10: 1551112191

ISBN-13: 9781551112190

Our universities are the locus of ongoing debates over the politics of gender, of sophistication, of drawback and disability—and over the difficulty of "political correctness." In A Feminist I Christine total deals wide-ranging reflections from a first-person standpoint on those matters, and at the politics of the trendy collage itself. In doing so she consistently returns to underlying epistemological issues. What are our assumptions in regards to the ways that wisdom is built? To what measure are our perceptions formed through our social roles and identities? long ago iteration feminists have led the way in which in recognising the significance of such questions, and recognising too the ways that own adventure could be a useful reference aspect in educational thought and perform. yet reliance on own adventure is fraught with difficulties; how is one to accommodate tensions among the autobiographical and the analytic? This publication issues easy methods to resolving a few of these tensions, and to fruitfully maintaining others. it's a publication of substantial perception, hot humanity, and real significance.

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A Feminist I is intended both to exemplify and to explore the justification of the use of "confessions" and autobiography in scholarly research and teaching, particularly within the context of feminist philosophy. " I attempt to use my own experiences, both recent and remote, to gain insights into feminism and academia. From a first-person perspective, I reflect upon the significance of socio-economic class, gender and sex, disability, feminist research and teaching, and the politics of and demands made by the modern university.

To set the record straight, to get the story out. But we cannot afford to make memorializing a fetish: the sign of desire once wounded and forever enshrined. (Miller 1997, 1013) However, as I assume throughout this book, the dangers of an uncritical, too-respectful appeal to experience do not mean that experience should not be used at all, only that it must be used critically and with care: "For it is through manipulation that one gains power over an experience in which one originally was powerlessthat, at least, is the therapeutic lesson" (Perillo 1997, A56).

For instance, those who believe that change is possible without revolution and separatism are made to feel as if they have been 'coopted' by patriarchy; or they are called liberal (the dreaded 'l' word). On the other hand, those who embrace radical feminism are accused of being self-righteous, self-appointed gatekeepers of the entire movement. Many of my feminist studentsa hardy, hard-working, dedicated bunch who struggle to stay alive on a conservative, sometimes repressive campuswant to know what a real feminist is and doesthat is, what the political bottom line is for feminism, and whom they can trust.

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