The Geopolitics Of The Cold War And Narratives Of Inclusion: Excavating A Feminist Archive

Hardcover | October 15, 2011

byKelly Coogan-Gehr

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The Geopolitics of the Cold War and Narratives of Inclusion develops alternative accounts of feminist field formation, contrasting the explanatory possibilities of approaches drawn from the history of ideas, the sociology of knowledge, and Foucauldian archaeology. These accounts illuminate intricate and unexpected connections between a prominent feminist journal and geopolitical forces, such as the Cold War, increased federal funding for higher education, changing priorities within philanthropic foundations, and the emergence of development studies and subfields such as Women in Development. By complicating the history of academic feminism, the book offers new insights into the contours of transnational feminist scholarship in relation to key concepts advanced by US scholars of color.

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The Geopolitics of the Cold War and Narratives of Inclusion develops alternative accounts of feminist field formation, contrasting the explanatory possibilities of approaches drawn from the history of ideas, the sociology of knowledge, and Foucauldian archaeology. These accounts illuminate intricate and unexpected connections between a...

Kelly Coogan-Gehr is avisiting assistant professorof Women’s and Gender Studies at Eastern Washington University. She has published articles in Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society and in a special issue of the Journal of Lesbian Studies on Intersexuals, Transsexuals, and Transgenders in Lesbian Communites.Her research inter...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:206 pages, 8.63 × 5.64 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230120458

ISBN - 13:9780230120457

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Table of Contents

Origins Stories: A Critique of the Stock Narrative of Feminist Field Formation * Signs and the Geopolitics of Education in the United States * Signs Encounters the Global South * The Politics of Race in U.S. Feminist Scholarship: An Archaeological Approach * Conclusion: Lessons from Signs: Revisiting Feminist Field Formation

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"Using interviews with former editors and archival materials from the first decade of the interdisciplinary academic journal Signs, Kelly Coogan-Gehr shows how this influential journal dealt with issues related to development studies, Third World women, and US women of color, and how all this was affected by external funding agencies and their policies. The book is quite well written and thoughtful. It deals with important issues and raises many good questions, and was a pleasure to read." - Marilyn J. Boxer, professor of History emerita, San Francisco State University"Kelly Coogan-Gehr corrects the simple narrative of how women’s studies grew out of the women’s movement by tracking the first decade ofSigns to reveal how the government, private foundations, and the university interacted with scholars to shape and legitimize certain frames for studying women. The archival research challenges ivory tower notions of our operations by detailing the complexities of sociopolitical and geopolitical factors. I found Coogan-Gehr's historical accounting illuminating and her theoretical presentation engaging. Scholars inside and outside the feminist community will appreciate this methodology for understanding an inquiry into the development of a field." - Elizabeth Higginbotham, Department of Sociology, University of Delaware"A compelling critique that unsettles assumptions about the origin of women’s studies and the compatibility of the contemporary university and progressive feminist scholarship." - Paula J. Giddings, Elizabeth A. Woodson 1922 Professor, Afro-American Studies and editor, Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism