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Transforming Scholarship: Why Women's and Gender Studies Students Are Changing Themselves and the World (Contemporary Sociological Perspectives) 1st Edition

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"This book is suitable as a course textbook and indispensable for women's and gender studies programs. It is a necessary acquisition for academic libraries. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers."―CHOICE, G. M. Herrmann, SUNY College at Cortland, USA

"Direct, clear, compelling, this volume could not be more articulate in exploding every myth associated with this transformative field. This volume is a must for an introductory women’s studies course through to a capstone for WS majors; it both orients those new to the field, and provides excellent concrete advice for how to move from the college campus into the world."―Judith A. Howard, Sociology, University of Washington, USA

"Transforming Scholarship will help students to think through the history and significance of the field of Women’s and Gender Studies, guide them in answering challenging questions about themselves and their major or minor, and provide support and information about the job search and the ways they want to change the world. Rest assured that all Women’s and Gender Studies majors at my school will be given a copy of this text"―Alison Piepmeier, Women’s and Gender Studies, The College of Charleston, USA

"What can you do with a major in women’s studies?" How many times have I heard that question from students and parents! Thank goodness Michele Berger and Cheryl Radeloff have given us a thoroughly researched, accessible answer to that question. I’d highly recommend this book as required reading for first-year college students or as a great graduation gift for high school seniors interested in gender issues."―Susan M. Shaw, Women’s Studies, Oregon State University, USA

"If you have ever wondered what someone can do with a women’s and gender studies degree, Transforming Scholarship is the book for you. Michele Berger and Cheryl Radeloff have assembled an invaluable resource for both teacher and students that provides practical and theoretical insights into this evolving and dynamic field."―Anne Lacsamana, Women’s Studies, Hamilton College, USA

"...a practical and valuable handbook for current and prospective majors and minors in women and gender studies and for the people who care about them."―Sherri L. Barnes, University of California, Santa Barbara, Feminist Collections Volume 32, Numbers 3-4

About the Author

Michele Tracy Berger is Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies at the University of North Carolina―Chapel Hill. She holds adjunct appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Department of City and Regional Planning. Her books include Workable Sisterhood: The Political Journey of Stigmatized Women with HIV/AIDS (Princeton University Press, 2004) and the co-edited collections The Intersectional Approach: Transforming the Academy Through Race, Class and Gender (University of North Carolina Press, 2010) and Gaining Access: A Practical and Theoretical Guide for Qualitative Researchers (Altamira Press, 2003). Her teaching and research interests include multiracial feminisms, qualitative methods, and HIV/AIDS activism. She is also a lifestyle coach and conducts seminars on women and leadership and creativity. In 2004, she launched The Creative Tickle™, a coaching practice that focuses on innovation and resourcefulness development, helping individuals and organizations to understand and harness the power of creativity for the 21st century. Michele writes a blog about the everyday practice of creativity: http://micheleberger.wordpress.com/.

Cheryl Radeloff is a Disease Investigation and Intervention Specialist II with the Southern Nevada Health District. She is also an adjunct professor of Women’s Studies at the College of Southern Nevada. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2004. Her dissertation was entitled "Vectors, Polluters, and Murders: HIV Testing Policies toward Prostitutes in Nevada". Prior to joining the Southern Nevada Health District, she was an assistant professor of Women’s Studies at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has co-authored several book chapters, including a chapter in Wright’s (Ed.) Sex Offender Laws: Failed Policies, New Directions entitled "Sex Offenders, Mandatory HIV Testing, and Intentional Transmission" (Springer Publishing Company, 2009) with Erica Carnes, a chapter in Atwood’s (Ed.) Porn.co: Making Sense of Online Pornography entitled "How do I Rate? Websites as Erotic Looking Glasses" (Peter Lang Publishing, 2009) with Dennis Waskul, as well as written essays on safer sex, feminist pedagogy, and feminist methodology. She is in the process of becoming certified as a sex educator with the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)

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Product Details

  • Series: Contemporary Sociological Perspectives
  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (February 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415873282
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415873284
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #918,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is essentially a crash course on how to convince the general public that a women's studies degree/minor/certificate is valuable by telling you how to market yourself if you have a WGS degree, get a job with a WGS degree, or convince your loved ones that a WGS degree isn't a waste of time and money.
Unfortunately I found this text to be annoyingly basic, and that might be fine for first year students just learning about feminism, but for anyone who has even a simple understanding of what WGS is as a discipline may find this reading aggravating. The content is reductive and often lacks a critical perspective. The authors did not present an intersectional lens on many issues, and it was painful to read for it's mainstream/whitestream understanding of feminism. Valuable issues like classism or ableism seemed to be left out entirely, and it placed a heavy emphasis on WGS as a gender-central--and only gender-central--discipline, often tacking on things like race as a single sentence in a side box or an afterthought at the end.
Totally a waste.
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As a recent Women's Studies graduate during one of the worst recessions in American history, I had no shortage of folks bombarding me with that ever-present question "What on earth can you do with a degree in Women's Studies?" "Transforming Scholarship" helped me immensely as I transitioned from an undergraduate student out into the working world. This book helped me to mitigate many discussions with co-workers about why I chose Women's Studies as my major (one of the best decisions of my life) as well as why my background in Women's Studies made me a stronger, better counselor and advocate for social change. This book is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in social justice, from both students in the beginnings of their undergraduate Women's Studies career, to those out already out in the working world. Michele Berger and Cheryl Radeloff provide an insightful, thorough and supportive guide on harnessing our feminist passions to change the world for both Women's Studies majors and non-majors alike. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
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By bvcn on October 5, 2015
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This book is an amazing resource. As someone in Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, this book is a fantastic resource and source of insight. I only wish I had discovered it sooner. If you are unsure if WGSS / WGST is right for you, or what you might do with the degree, this book is for you. Also, it is a beautiful book.
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Good read for anyone wondering how to 'market' a Liberal Art Education for its real value...

I also met Dr. Berger at a conference where she presented about her work and the process of writing this book. There is much great work done behind the scenes of this book. This is a must read for all Women's Studies and indeed all other Liberal Arts and Social Sciences faculty/students/parents...(and hopefully also employers!!) etc. to think why we need to support this and other Liberal Arts education in college; not just to support survival from the budget cuts but even to help them grow and reach the curriculums of many other disciplines in colleges and universities.
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