Making Trouble in Women's Studies: Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and the Culture Wars Public Deposited

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  • March 20, 2019
  • Balderas, Danielle
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of History
  • This thesis analyzes the critical years of the culture wars in which women’s studies destabilized traditional understandings of sex and gender. The culture wars were fought over ideas about sex and gender, placing women’s studies right in the middle of national debates about the fundamental ordering of society. Turning to the life of controversial women’s studies scholar Elizabeth Fox-Genovese demonstrates the contentious development of women’s studies and the politicization of ideas about sex and gender within the academy. While she ended her career as an intellectual orphan of women’s studies as she embraced more conservative ideas about sex and gender, she entered the field in years of ambiguity and possibility. However, Fox-Genovese's evolving identification with the Right turned her career in women’s studies into a casualty of the culture wars.
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  • Burrill, Emily
  • Waterhouse, Benjamin
  • Turk, Katherine
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2017

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