Reclaiming Feminism

Challenging Everyday Misogyny

Miriam E. David

Reclaiming Feminism

Miriam E. David

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $26.00 ISBN: 9781447328179 Published August 2016 For sale in North and South America only
Since the second-wave feminism of the 1970s, women’s rights and opportunities in education and employment have increased across the globe. But has equality—whether social, political, or legal—really been achieved? In this fascinating book, Miriam E. David, a well-known and influential feminist in higher education, celebrates the achievements of international feminists of the past fifty years and provides a critique of how the expansion of global higher education has masked their pioneering zeal and zest for knowledge.

Looking at the changing zeitgeist, David contends that feminism has yet to have an enduring influence, despite the generations of women who have felt empowered. Instead, she illustrates the lasting power of patriarchal social relations and shows how everyday sexism and misogyny are still keenly felt. Exploring the crucial importance of education, and higher education especially, to social transformation for not only women and girls, but also men and boys, Reclaiming Feminism is a tour-de-force study of feminism and education that untangles the opportunities for and obstacles to changing diverse women’s lives. This impassioned book would have us ask whether a feminist-friendly future is possible, or indeed, desirable.
Contents
A feminist activist reflects on a lifetime in academe;
Writing a life history of feminisms in changing times;
Vintage Feminists: pioneers in higher education?;
Gender and Generation: No permanent waves?;
Educating feminism or cultivating feminists?;
The resurgence of feminisms in the 21st century;
Feminist Contestations on campuses around the world;
Feminist Reflections for a Feminist Friendly Future
Review Quotes
Emma Rees, University of Chester | Times Higher Education, Book of the Week
“David’s book is both manifesto and lament; a journey through fifty years of post-second-wave feminist activism, celebrating women’s achievements while simultaneously acknowledging that we must still ask the question: ‘How inimical is the patriarchal neoliberal academy to feminism?’ David writes accessibly, punctuating her political and sociological commentary with personal reflections that are elegantly informed, and underpinned by her long career as feminist academic and activist.”
Sharon Lamb, University of Massachusetts, Boston
“Immensely readable and informative, this book brings together history and sociology of feminism in Britain and beyond for new students, delighting older feminists with its remarkable wisdom about the past.”
Helen Taylor, University of Exeter
“This inspiring and important memoir shows David at her best—as rigorous and seasoned scholar, academic and activist, as well as consummate reporter of the achievements and thoughts of feminists of different generations.”
Michele Hanson, Guardian journalist, author of "What the Grown-ups Were Doing: An Odyssey Through 1950s Suburbia"
“Excellent panoramic view of what fifty years of feminism has done, or can ever do for women, in both the academic and the real world.”
Heidi Safia Mirza, Goldsmiths, University of London, author of "Race, Gender and Educational Desire: Why Black Women Succeed and Fail"
“Not only is this book a deeply moving memoir of a prominent feminist life—it also deals with topical issues like sexual harassment on campus which concerns young women today.”
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