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Critical Interdisciplinarity, Women's Studies, and Cross-Cultural Insight

Marjorie Pryse
NWSA Journal
Vol. 10, No. 1 (Spring, 1998), pp. 1-22
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/4316551
Page Count: 22
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Abstract

In this essay I examine the relationship between interdisciplinary methods and cross-cultural analysis in Women's Studies. I argue that interdisciplinary methods produce an intellectual flexibility that can be conducive to cross-cultural insight, and that therefore become a way of enhancing receptivity to difference in members of dominant groups, but that it is only analysis that works at the same time across lines of race, class, gender, and sexuality that creates a critical interdisciplinarity. Analysis by Gloria Anzaldúa, María Lugones, and Uma Narayan suggest that mestizaje can enhance feminist understandings of interdisciplinarity; Sandra Harding's work on standpoint theory helps articulate knowledge claims for a cross-cultural critical and interdisciplinary Women's Studies. Maria Mies offers a specific example of research that moves cross-cultural interdisciplinarity into feminist practice, with implications for pedagogy in Women's Studies as well.

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