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Feminism, Gender and Universities: Politics, passion and pedagogies

ISBN: 9780415691475 | 0415691478
Edition: 1st
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Routledge
Pub. Date: 3/12/2014

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Women's learning and education came alive in the second half of the 20thcentury, as women's lives were transformed through global socio-economic, familial and political changes. Given that women now make up a slight majority of undergraduate students in universities globally and in the UK, this book addresses the question of how these changes in gender balance linked to social class, ethnicity, race, religion, refugees and migration have occurred and how things will change in the future. In particular, it considers the role that social, political and women's movements, and especially second wave feminism, have played in developing women's learning, curricula and courses both outside and inside universities and investigates: What roles have women as students and academics or researchers played in fostering these challenging changes and through globalisation? What future for these challenging socio-cultural changes? The author develops feminist reflections on public policies on women, gender and education, in changing socio-political contexts. Drawing on international examples from around the world the author considers aspects of Higher Education such as issues in the developed north compared to the global south; and looks in detail at examples from Brazil, China, India and Russia alongside the UK, Europe and North America. Making use of both previous feminist research, and new empirical data that provides a snapshot of a changed academy it addresses the intertwined questions of : What were the contributions of a generation of feminist education researchers to transforming power relations, pedagogies and practice in Higher Education What are the future pedagogical possibilities under neo-liberalism and now the global economic recession and austerity culture for global citizenship? Of key importance to all academics, the book will also appeal to students and researchers in the fields of Education Studies and Gender Studies.

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