By Peiying Chen
Acting Otherwise matters the suggestions of motion which have been utilized by feminist students to achieve the institutionalization of women's/gender stories in universities.
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Additional info for Acting Otherwise: The Institutionalization of Women's Gender Studies in Taiwan's Universities (RoutledgeFalmer Studies in Higher Education)
The basic idea of “strategy,” defined by Swidler (1986), is not meant as a plan for attaining a goal; rather, it is a general and incorporating way of organizing action to achieve multiple life goals. Strategies of action are shaped by culture, by which people acquire a vocabulary of meanings, expressive symbols, and an emotional repertoire. They utilize culture as “a ‘tool kit’ to select differing pieces for constructing lines of action” (Swidler, 1986; p. 277). Strategies of action are shaped within a process of negotiation between identity and environment.
It is “an interactive and shared definition produced by several individuals (or groups at a more complex level) and concerned with the orientations of action and the field of Literature review and a micro-foundational approach 29 opportunities and constraints in which the actions take place” (italic added, Melucci, 1995, p. 44). For example, feminist identity can be understood as a social construction of the shared definition of conditions by feminist activists, and a process of negotiating and adjusting to different situations while making and pursuing the goals and tactics of collective action.
In this study, I identify feminist scholars’ three most common self-representations. The pathfinders referred to themselves as women’s studies practitioners, pro-feminist scholars or liberal intellectuals, and feminist scholars. These three types of scholars were not static in their eyes, for some pathfinders shifted their identities from one type to another as the centrality of feminist values became stronger or weaker, or as feminism became more or less welcomed by the society. In general, women’s studies practitioners are those concerned with women’s issues in a broad sense.
Acting Otherwise: The Institutionalization of Women's Gender Studies in Taiwan's Universities (RoutledgeFalmer Studies in Higher Education) by Peiying Chen