Journal of International Women's Studies

A peer-reviewed semiannual scholarly publication providing international coverage and analysis of wome.'s studies, with particular respect to the relationship between theory and activism.

Articles from Vol. 18, No. 3, February

Feminist Epistemology and the Question of Difference Reconfigured: What Can Wittgenstein Tell Us about "Women"?
I, and others, started out wanting a strong tool for deconstructing the truth claims of hostile science by showing the radical historical specificity, and so contestability, of every layer of the onion of scientific and technological constructions,...
Mothers, Morality and Abortion: The Politics of Reproduction in the Formation of the German Nation
Introduction The nation is, among other things, a symbolic community that is held together by powerful figures of belonging, as well as through an imagined code of shared values built through the repetition of specific historical narratives about...
New Writings in Feminist and Women's Studies Winning and Short-Listed Entries from the 2016 Feminist and Women's Studies Association's Annual Student Essay Competition
Introduction In this special issue of the Journal of International Women's Studies (JIWS), the Feminist and Women's Studies Association UK and Ireland (FWSA) is delighted to present the winning and shortlisted entries of our annual student essay...
Nymphs and Nymphomania: Mythological Medicine and Classical Nudity in Nineteenth Century Britain
Introduction In the history of medicine, the role of Greek and Latin as medical languages has resulted in the presence of Greco-Roman mythical characters in medical terminology. The phenomenon of "mythical medical naming" was particularly prominent...
Post/feminist Impulses: Neoliberal Ideology and Class Politics in Annie Wang's the People's Republic of Desire (2006)
A transnational Chinese women writer, Annie Wang hails from a middle-class background and possesses "flexible citizenship" and global mobility (Ong, 1999:6). As Arif Dirlik underscores, the rise of global capitalism is attended by the rise of a "transnational...
Sleeping Beauties: Mummies and the Fairy-Tale Genre at the Fin De Siecle
Introduction If this be sleep, how soft! if death, how fair! (Wordsworth, 1835: 56) Largely held to be macabre and unattractive objects in the contemporary cultural consciousness, mummies--specifically female mummies--were, in fact, decidedly...
"Speaking Back" to the Self: A Call for "Voice Notes" as Reflexive Practice for Feminist Ethnographers
Introduction Feminist research in general, and feminist ethnographic research in particular, are characterised by heightened reflexivity and the pursuit of 'situated knowledge' (Haraway, 1988). While what constitutes feminist research methods is...
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