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women's studies

a multidisciplinary approach to the analysis and understanding of the position and experience of women in patriarchal societies both past and present. Emerging alongside the growth of the WOMEN'S LIBERATION MOVEMENT in the late 1960s, women's studies programmes have been developed and expanded in higher education establishments in Europe and the US. Informed essentially by a commitment to feminist theories, methodologies and practice, women's studies programmes seek, via a woman-centred approach to learning, to challenge the misrepresentation of women found in traditional disciplines, including sociology. The content of women's studies courses has been shaped by feminists working within the humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. They have also been shaped by feminists working in the community, particularly in women's organizations. Thus women's studies programmes have emerged out of women's direct experience of and response to sexual exploitation and oppression. An essential aim of women's studies is to render visible women's engagement with society and culture whilst making explicit the masculine biases underpinning traditional knowledge. Women's studies programmes seek to challenge all major forms of discrimination and to question the rigid boundaries demarcating one academic subject from another. As such, they provide a radical critique of established academic knowledge and educational practice. The content of such programmes varies but most courses aim to combine a feminist analysis of women's oppression with the development of practical skills such as assertiveness training. Traditional methods of teaching and assessment are re-evaluated in the light of women's needs and links are drawn between theoretical concerns and the daily experience of women.
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Feminist Studies in Religion Books (FSR Books) is companion to the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion.
She is in the Department of Feminist Studies, and I am the feminist studies librarian.
Nesta entrevista, em ritmo de conversa, destaca-se o relato de sua trajetoria como intelectual feminista, uma das primeiras a serem contratadas no Departamento de Estudos de Mulheres, seu envolvimento academico, seu ativismo e seu protagonismo na revista Feminist Studies, alem de seus estudos sobre a influencia da chamada Escola Feminista Francesa, nos Estados Unidos.
In considering the merits of Berg's essay, the Feminist Studies editorial collective felt that her analysis broke new ground by moving readers beyond polarized debates into a complex and nuanced understanding of sex worker identities and issues in the United States.
The Occult of True Black Womanhood: Critical Demeanor and Black Feminist Studies.
Powerful descriptions of misogyny, sexism, and colonialist practices are found in every chapter, to illustrate the popular teachings in the fields of African-American and feminist studies.
8) The biographical turn is evident more widely: surveying Australian feminist studies less than a decade ago, Susan Magarey identified increasing attention to the study of "an individual woman's life-story" within the field.
They refreshingly critique the 'dominant ideology' readings of magazine content, in particular feminist studies, which tend to cluster in the patronising 'baleful influence' category.
Erudite, scholarly, informed, informative, thoughtful, and thought-provoking, "Feminist Rhetorical Resilience" is a welcome and highly recommended addition to personal and academic library Feminist Studies and Language Arts Studies reference collections and supplemental reading lists.
The implications of such a liberative approach will be of interest not only to scholars and activists in the cross-section of interreligious and feminist studies but also to those working on questions of religion and public life more generally.
In line with critical feminist studies it shows that supporters as well as critics of the operation rely heavily on patriarchal arguments, views and rhetoric.
Rupp of the school's feminist studies department, examined the trend in a new study.

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