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Feminist Theories

  • By: Janet L. Miller
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Feminist theories are multiple, hybrid, complex, and changing. There is no one homogeneous, unified feminism or feminist theory. And although it is impossible to illuminate all aspects and variations of feminist theories in this entry, even when narrowed to the field of curriculum studies, it is possible to say that feminist theories are conflicting as well as intertwined, in response to one another as well as to particular social and cultural contexts and historical moments. They are part of, and yet critique from diverse theoretical orientations, the broader feminist political movement that seeks to rectify sexist discrimination and inequalities. Further, in their many variants, they do center and simultaneously problematize conceptions of the categories woman and gender identity, for example, and the various situations, embodiments, ...

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