Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology: An Interdisciplinary Reader

By Sharlene Hesse-Biber; Christina Gilmartin et al. | Go to book overview

FOREWORD

From time to time in academia, shared need, individual talent, strong commitment, valued resources, and venturesome leadership align to transcend organizational and disciplinary boundaries. When they do, powerful collaborations can take hold. Fields of scholarship can gain momentum and intellectual lives can flourish. So it happened in Boston when the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies at Radcliffe College began in 1993.

A group of brilliant feminist thinkers working in several research universities in the Boston area shared a growing concern about the paucity of opportunities for graduate-level education in women's studies. They felt keenly their own isolation in separate disciplines and institutions and longed for deeper interdisciplinary collaboration to advance their own work and women's studies scholarship. The working relationship among these faculty members turned into a friendship and this friendship generated the trust and mutual commitment necessary to risk exploration across intellectual and institutional boundaries. Together they envisioned a new institutional model that would simultaneously address the following problems in graduate education that they had identified.

For graduate students in their own institutions, as in most academic institutions, opportunities for graduate-level study in women's studies were nonexistent or limited to independent study with already overcommitted faculty members. Further, most graduate-level work was highly focused within disciplines, creating specialists ignorant of the concepts, issues, and methodologies of other disciplines and unable to see or mine the connections nascent and necessary in women's studies scholarship. The pedagogy in their institutional environments ignored the importance of combining academic knowledge with experiential knowledge to advance women's studies scholarship.

Acutely aware of early feminism's neglect of the interactions among gender, race, class, age, sexuality, and ethnicity, these scholars also sought to embed in their work a deep commitment to addressing the full range of these lenses of experience. Impatient with the pace of progress on the educational and social frontier of women's advancement, these feminist leaders recognized the importance of linking theory, policy, and practice. They also knew that their own careers, and those of junior faculty members, would depend on opportunities for development to deepen their understanding, broaden their intellectual networks, and produce new work, both in teaching and in scholarship.

The genius of this group of faculty members was their design of a consortium of scholars and teachers in which all these needs could be addressed simultaneously. What they lacked was an institutional home, financial and physical resources, and an encouraging and compatible environment. They also needed

-v-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
Feminist Approaches to Theory and Methodology: An Interdisciplinary Reader
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 388

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.