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Palgrave Macmillan

A Journey into Women's Studies

Crossing Interdisciplinary Boundaries

ISBN 9781137395733
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Gender, Development and Social Change

Unlike many other mainstream disciplines that only seek to broaden knowledge and thus become additive, women's studies try to question and posit new ways of thinking, inaugurating paradigm shifts and thus becoming subversive by trying to question established hierarchies of knowledge. This has not been an easy journey and the practitioners of this new approach have faced numerous odds as all pioneering endeavours encounter. This journey is a story that needs to be told and the present book attempts to do this by charting the trajectories of few women's studies scholars and their academic sojourn. These scholars have been confined not just to the traditional dominant hierarchies of knowledge but by their own making, ventured into new areas, which has now emerged from the margins to the forefront. The point of emphasis is that the writings of scholars like Cynthia Enloe who dared to break boundaries and were questioned earlier have now become part of an acclaimed field of research. This volume explores the metamorphosis of women's studies from the early days to date and draws upon the contributors' diverse experiences and concerns, but all revolving around the same key issue: gender.

Rekha Pande is Professor and Head at the Department of History, University of Hyderabad, India. She has been the Founding Director of the Centre for Women's Studies at the University of Hyderabad and of the Centre for Women's Studies at Maulana Azad National Urdu University. Her research is interdisciplinary and focuses on history and women's studies. She has published extensively on the women's movement, cultural history, and child labour in a number of Journals both in India and the rest of the world. Her most recent monographs include Globalization, Technology Diffusion and Gender Disparity: Social Impacts of ICTs (with Theo P. van der Weide, 2012) and Information Science Reference, IGI Global, Hershey USA, Divine Sounds from the Heart - Singing Unfettered in Their Own Voices: The Bhakti Movement and Its Women Saints (2010).

Introduction
PART I: CROSSING INTERDISCIPLINARY BOUNDARIES
1. From the Ground Up; Cynthia Enloe
2. My Women's Studies Journey; Maithreyi Krishnaraj
3. Reclaiming my Education: A Passage to Consciousness; Nawar Al-Hassan Golley
4. Oppositional Imaginations: Multiple Lineages of feminist Scholarship; Uma Chakravarti
5. From Feminist Activist to Professor; Drude Dahlerup
6. My Tryst with Women's Studies; Rekha Pande
PART II: ARTICULATING REGIONAL EXPERIENCES
7. Being a Woman and doing Gender in Sweden; Anita Nyberg
8. Mainstreaming Women's Studies in Higher Education – The Case of Vietnam; Thai thi Ngoc Du
9. My Journey in Chinese Women's Studies; Paul S. Ropp
10. Feminism and Women's Studies in Japan; Ronni Alexander
11. Working on the History of Chinese Women: My Story; Clara Wing-chung Ho
12. Feminism, Women's Studies and the Women's Movement in Canada: Two Canadian Perspectives; Marilyn Porter and Caroline Andrew
PART III: TRANSNATIONAL AND DIASPORIC EXPERIENCES
13. Learning from Women for Women; Tahera Aftab
14. My Life before and after Women's Studies- Insook; Myongji University
15. A Personal Odyssey toward 'Feminist Curiosity';Hülya Adak
16. The Personal is (still) Political: Feminist Reflections on a Transformative Journey; Simona Sharoni
17. State Feminism, Feminists and Women's Studies in Sweden; Mona Eliasson
18. My Life and Women's Studies; Geraldine Forbes

Cynthia Enloe, Clark University in Worcester, USA
Maithreyi Krishnaraj, SNDT University, India
Nawar Al-Hassan Golley, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Uma Chakravarti, (Retd.) Delhi University, India
Drude Dahlerup, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Anita Nyberg, Stockholm University, Sweden
Thai thi Ngoc Du, Hoa Sen University, Vietnam
Paul S. Ropp, Clark University, USA
Ronni Alexander, Kobe University, Japan
Clara Wing-chung Ho, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Marilyn Porter, Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada
Caroline Andrew, University of Ottawa, Canada
Tahera Aftab, (Retd.) University of Karachi, Pakistan
Insook, Myongji University, South Korea
Hülya Adak, Sabancı University, Turkey
Simona Sharoni, SUNY Plattsburgh, USA
Mona Eliasson , Gavle University, Sweden
Geraldine Forbes, State University of New York Oswego, USA

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