Gayle Letherby (2003) Reflections
on where we are and where we want to be: response to 'Looking Back and Looking
Forward: Some Recent Feminist Sociology Reviewed'
Sociological Research Online, vol. 8, no. 4, <http://www.socresonline.org.uk/8/4/letherby.html>
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Received: 17/11/2003 Accepted: 17/11/2003 Published: 28/11/2003
. . . there are more women students, researchers, teachers and managers in further higher education than ever before and as Evans (1995) argues, education is no longer about DWMs (dead white males). In many subjects and on many levels there has been a concentrated challenge to the orthodoxies of the past. The curriculum has broadened and is less rigid in its subject demarcation and the critique of knowledge production is part of (some) academic study. Feminists and others working outside of western assumptions have been influential in these changes. As Evans (1997: 122) notes: 'feminists can claim to have developed one of the now great critical traditions within the Western academy, that of suggesting that the universalistic assumptions of knowledge in our society are false, and partial, because they are drawn from the experience of only one sex'. (Letherby 2003: 38)
We are struck by the gap between the highly developed theoretical and epistemological rhetoric about research on the one hand, and on the other hand the largely in passing and rather superficial accounts of the nitty-gritty practicalities of research on the ground, noticeable in the discussions reviewed here (2.10).
. . .looking at the combined products of academic feminism in its multidisciplinary aspect, we wonder why any academic feminist should be content to do what 'the good ol' boys' do. Aren't there more interesting and more exciting ways to think of theory? And aren't there ways of configuring 'feminist theory' and 'feminist theorists' in ways that do not simply reconstitute the 'male' hierarchies but peopling them with women? (2.3)
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