A Feminist I: Reflections from Academia

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Broadview Press, Oct 29, 1998 - Social Science - 214 pages
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Our universities are the locus of ongoing debates over the politics of gender, of class, of disadvantage and disability—and over the issue of “political correctness.” In A Feminist I Christine Overall offers wide-ranging reflections from a first-person point of view on these issues, and on the politics of the modern university itself. In doing so she continually returns to underlying epistemological concerns. What are our assumptions about the ways in which knowledge is constructed? To what degree are our perceptions shaped by our social roles and identities? In the past generation feminists have led the way in recognising the importance of such questions, and recognising too the ways in which personal experience may be an invaluable reference point in academic theory and practice. But reliance on personal experience is fraught with problems; how is one to deal with tensions between the autobiographical and the analytic? This book points the way to resolving some of those tensions, and to fruitfully sustaining others. It is a book of considerable insight, warm humanity, and genuine importance.

 

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Introduction A Feminist Oddyssey
15
Role Muddles
31
Women and Men in Education
57
A Tale of Two Classes
87
Nowhere At Home
107
Feeling Fraudulent
127
Passing for Normal
151
Personal Histories Social Identities and Feminist Philosophical Inquiry
173
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Page 21 - For the marginalized woman. autobiographical language may serve as a coinage that purchases entry into the social and discursive economy. [...] Deploying autobiographical practices that go against the grain. she may constitute an "1" that becomes a place of creative and. by implication. political intervention.

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Christine Overall is a professor of Philosophy and Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Queen’s University, Ontario. Among her previous publications are Ethics and Human Reproduction (Allen & Unwin) and Human Reproduction: Principles, Practices, Politics (Oxford University Press).

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