Acting Otherwise: The Institutionalization of Women's by Peiying Chen

Acting Otherwise: The Institutionalization of Women's by Peiying Chen

By Peiying Chen

Acting Otherwise matters the concepts of motion which were utilized by feminist students to achieve the institutionalization of women's/gender reports in universities.

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In summary, what characterizes pathfinders is their reflexive consciousness and purposeful action. They reinvent their identities through consciousness-raising, create alternative values of social justice and equality, infuse those identities and values with powerful feelings, strategize their action, and enact their political impulses through joint action. Their actions then shape both their personal lives and social change. Through microfoundational observation and analysis of pathfinders’ life courses and historical times, the interplay of agency and structure becomes evident.

Routledgefalmer studies in higher education 28 Transformative or critical awareness is achieved when pathfinders steadfastly take a feminist standpoint to see the world and to prioritize their life goals. The accomplishment of this awareness is typically associated with extensive learning, constant immersion in alternative knowledge, consciousness-raising activities, and the substantive influences of role models and friends. Joining a network of feminist scholars or women’s movement groups, or maintaining one’s exposure to feminist thinking are the most common experiences expressed by gender studies scholars who have come to declare themselves as feminists (Gumport, 1987; Howe, 2000).

In other words, identity has a stronger and more individualized source of meaning (self-definition) than roles because of the process of individuation and deconstruction-reconstruction that identity involves (Giddens, 1991; Castells, 1997). Identity can be defined to include both self and collective identity. Self-identity refers to self-definition, while collective identity refers to group identification. Collective identity has multiple sources of social construction and reflects a complex matrix of power relations on both national and international planes.

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