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Power, Knowledge and Feminist Scholarship : An Ethnography of Academia (Hardcover) (Maria Do Mar
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Women’s, gender, feminist studies (WGFS) has made groundbreaking contributions to scholarly inquiry and social change, and yet in many academic contexts it is not fully recognised as ‘proper’ knowledge. This has been shown to have negative effects on scholars and students, and on the possibilities for developing WGFS research and education. And yet, there exists no book offering a detailed analysis of the discourses that circulate in universities about the value of WGFS.
This pioneering book addresses that through an ethnography of academia, examining how academics define the boundaries of what counts as ‘proper’ knowledge, and how WGFS gets positioned vis-à-vis these boundaries, against a backdrop of higher education cutbacks and other worrying trends of academic change. Explicitly interdisciplinary, the book articulates feminist epistemology, Foucault’s work, and science and technology studies to produce a thought-provoking analysis of the daily negotiations that unfold in a range of spaces of academic work and sociability, considering both official discourse and informal ‘corridor talk’. It draws on in-depth fieldwork in Portugal, and observation in the UK and at international academic conferences in the US and throughout the world.
It will be essential reading for scholars and students in WGFS, as well as LGBTQ studies, post-colonial studies, science and technology studies, education, and anthropology.