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ERIC Number: EJ904680
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0882-4843
Putting Class Back in the Women's Studies Curriculum
Robertson, Karen; Zlotnick, Susan
Feminist Teacher: A Journal of the Practices, Theories, and Scholarship of Feminist Teaching, v20 n2 p95-110 2010
This article documents the authors' efforts over the last several years to move themselves as well as their undergraduate women's studies students beyond the constraints of the Marxist legacy, in which class immediately registers as working class. In the process of teaching Women and Class, they discovered that class was largely invisible to their middle-class students. In that regard, class is perhaps no different than the whiteness that was unseen by white college students twenty years ago, when Ruth Frankenberg's work on the social construction of whiteness and Peggy McIntosh's "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" began to appear on every introductory women's studies syllabus. Raising students' consciousness around issues of class engenders many of the same resistance that one finds when discussing male privilege with male students and white privilege with male students. There is an urgency to this work because these resistances are a sign of the advantages that accrue to unmarked subjects. They believe it is imperative for all feminists to continue the feminist process of transformation, which entails apprehending the ways their lives are delimited by class.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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