ERIC Number: ED517703
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Apr
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Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice: Revisioning Academic Accountability. SUNY Series, Praxis--Theory in Action
Parker, Joe, Ed.; Samantrai, Ranu, Ed.; Romero, Mary, Ed.
In the 1960s and 1970s, activists who focused on the academy as a key site for fostering social change began by querying the assumptions of the traditional disciplines and transforming their curricula, putting into place women's and ethnic studies programs that changed both the subject and methods of scholarship. The pattern of scholars and activists joining forces to open fields of research and teaching continued in subsequent decades, and recent additions, including critical race studies, queer studies, cultural studies, and postcolonial studies, take as their epistemological foundation the inherently political nature of all knowledge production. "Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice" seizes this opportune moment in the history of interdisciplinary fields to review their effects on our intellectual and political landscape, to evaluate their ability to deliver promised social benefits, and to consider their futures. The essays collected in this volume examine how effectively interdisciplinary fields have achieved their goals of intellectual and social change, and consider the challenges they now face inside and outside the academy. This book includes (1) Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice: An Introduction (Joe Parker and Ranu Samantrai) and contains three parts. Part I, Critiques of Disciplinarity, contains the following: (2) Metaphors of Globalization (Lisa Lowe); (3) Crossing the Immigration and Race Border: A Critical Race Theory Approach to Immigration Studies (Mary Romero); (4) Whiteness in a Red Room: Telling Stories and Legal Discourse in the Tribal Courtroom (Raquel Montoya-Lewis); and (5) An Emergent Extra-Disciplinarity: Worlding Arabs, Activist Representation, and the Example of Ahdaf Soueif (Mrinalini Chakravorty). Part II, Critiques of Interdisciplinary Fields, includes the following: (6) Cultural Studies: Justice, Values, and Social Class (Patrick Brantlinger); (7) The Other Inters: Augmenting Academic Disciplinarity to Make Things (Happen) (Alexandra Juhasz); (8) The Ethico-politics of Dedisciplinary Practices (Joe Parker); and (9) The Limits of Interdisciplinarity: The Case of Chicano Studies (Michael Soldatenko). Part III, Interdisciplinary Claims to Social Justice, contains the following: (10) Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity (Robyn Wiegman); (11) Interdisciplinarity: A Consideration from African American Studies (Lindon Barrett); (12) Imagined Immunities: Border Rhetorics and the Ethos of Sans Frontierisme (D. Robert DeChaine); (13) Toward Collaborative Coalitions: From Internationalism to Interdisciplinarity (Leila Neti); (14) Interdisciplinary Investigations and Cross-Sector Interventions (Ellen Messer-Davidow); and (15) Accounting for Interdisciplinarity (Miranda Joseph). An afterword, "Justice Without Truth?", by Ranu Samantrai and an index are included.
Descriptors: Social Justice, Black Studies, Social Class, Global Approach, Social Change, Immigration, Teaching Methods, Theory Practice Relationship, Interdisciplinary Approach, Accountability, Intellectual Disciplines, Critical Theory, Race, American Indians, Whites, Arabs, Values, Politics of Education, Mexican Americans, College Programs, Program Effectiveness, Educational History
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