Chapter 23: Group-versus Individual-Based Intersectionality and Praxis in Feminist and Womynist Research Foundations
Edith A. Lewis
Group-versus individual-based intersectionality and praxis in feminist and womynist research foundations This chapter addresses relationships among constructs that appear repeatedly in this book; constructs that include feminism, womynism, intersectionality, standpoint, praxis, and activism. Using a case narrative, I will illustrate how feminist scholarship in the United States— despite the best intentions—continues to treat women as a homogeneous group, evaluating scholarship about women as unidimensional while ignoring the authors' social, political, and herstorical contexts. In an effort to embody the social, herstorical, and political experiences of almost three decades of womynist work in higher education, I have four goals for this chapter: 1. To provide a framework whose endpoints are neofeminist/traditionalist and feminist/womynist for understanding differences in activist behaviors and choices in feminist scholarship and research 2. To examine relationships among intersectionality, agency, and activism for women in faculty positions and how these relate to feminism/womynism and neofeminism 3. To 4. ...