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Clare Hemmings

In: Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies

Chapter 2: The Life and Times of Academic Feminism

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The Life and Times of Academic Feminism
The life and times of academic feminism

This chapter re-examines two debates central to the current state of Gender and Women's Studies. The first is known as the autonomy/integration debate, which asks whether feminist enquiry should seek to influence the academy from within particular disciplines, or establish itself as a separate ‘discipline’ drawing on interdisciplinary theories and methods. In critiquing dominant modes of evaluating institutional success in this context, I provide an overview of the current state of academic feminism from a range of intellectual and geographical positions. The second debate concerns the ‘proper name’ of academic feminism. Here I focus on the proliferation of writing which condemns or endorses an institutional move from Women's Studies to Gender Studies, ...

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