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The instruction manual of Gender and Women's reports provides a entire and fascinating evaluation of the newest advancements in the box, together with the research of masculinity, the feminist implications of postmodernism, the 'cultural flip' and globalization. The authors evaluation present examine and provide serious analyses of women's and gender stories in paintings, the welfare country, relations, schooling, faith, violence and warfare and feminist worldwide politics.
Edited by way of 3 prime teachers from Europe and the USA, and with 25 chapters written by means of students dependent through the international, the instruction manual situates an important debates within the box inside a uniquely foreign and interdisciplinary context. The instruction manual is an invaluable creation to gender thought and an exhilarating starting-point for clean debates.
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It is these tensions and unexpected alliances that I believe need to form the fertile ground for debates about Women’s and Gender Studies in order to ensure that we are not working with outdated or provincial models of academic feminist institutionalization. qxd 3/1/2006 2:45 PM Page 27 THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ACADEMIC FEMINISM AGAINST FEMINIST NOSTALGIA Given the range of theoretical, historical, and political ways of assessing the relationship between Women’s Studies and Gender Studies, the domination of the debate by clear-cut positions for or against seems difficult to account for.
Qxd 20 3/1/2006 2:45 PM Page 20 CURRENT STATE OF WOMEN’S STUDIES, GENDER STUDIES, AND STUDIES OF MEN Commentators see two main reasons for this decline in the UK. First, the abolition of grants and introduction of fees for undergraduate degrees has reduced the number of mature students returning to education and created a dominant student culture of utilitarianism over idealism (Griffin and Braidotti, 2002: 4; Silius and Tuori, 2003: 17; Stromquist, 2001: 382). In this fee-paying context, given that most students are unlikely ever to have encountered Women’s or Gender Studies as an area of academic enquiry before attending university, let alone appreciate the high level of employability of its graduates, it is unsurprising that the appeal of a single honours degree in Women’s or Gender Studies has dwindled.
Wendy Brown’s insistence that the final deconstruction of the ‘woman’ of ‘Women’s Studies’ propels us towards an inevitable, and not to be lamented, return to disciplinarity would seem to prove the point (1997). qxd 3/1/2006 2:45 PM Page 23 THE LIFE AND TIMES OF ACADEMIC FEMINISM As anyone familiar with contemporary feminist theory might anticipate, the counter-arguments concerning the ‘proper name’ of feminism within the academy foreground the same issues but value them differently. Thus, the alliances between ‘Gender Studies, queer, transgender and postcolonial theories’ (Gillis and Munford, 2003: 6) are seen as essential to the survival of feminism in the academy, and as cause for celebration not retrenchment.