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ERIC Number: EJ1072408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
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Gender Anarchy as Social Justice: An Analytic Reconstruction of the Idea of Epistemic Equality in Jane Roland Martin's "Reclaiming a Conversation"
Philosophical Studies in Education, v37 p75-86 2006
Jane Roland Martin's later work, especially as represented in "The Schoolhome: Rethinking Schools for Changing Families," has been attacked as vague, essentialistic, and a formula for the (re)feminization of education. This paper does not attempt to defend Martin against these criticisms because such a defense seems impossible for reasons discussed. Rather, this essay's intent is to present an interpretation of Martin's early work, especially as represented in "Reclaiming a Conversation: The Ideal of the Educated Woman," that provides an understanding of her theoretical point of view that preempts criticisms of vagueness, essentialism, and (re)feminization. The new interpretation seeks to state a definition of Martin's central but largely unexplicated concept of epistemic equality. Epistemic equality is defined via analytic reconstruction as gender anarchy in terms of a set of conditions, individually necessary and collectively sufficient, describing an ideal set of rules--a constitution as it were--of gender politics.
Descriptors: Gender Bias, Gender Discrimination, Social Justice, Epistemology, Didacticism, Reader Response, Review (Reexamination), Criticism, Womens Education, Feminism, Definitions, Concept Formation, Social Control, Gender Differences, Performance Factors, Equal Education, Social Values, Foundations of Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
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