Where Have We Been? Where do We Need to Go?

Rita M. Gross

in A Garland of Feminist Reflections

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780520255852
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943667 | DOI:
Where Have We Been? Where do We Need to Go?

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This chapter seeks to review the essentials of the disciplines rather than to blaze new methodological trails. The single most important accomplishment of women's studies and the feminist movement is to change the model of humanity with which many people and many scholars operate. Widespread use of the term androcentric is itself a product of the conceptual revolution initiated by women's studies. The author uses the phrase “women's studies in religion and feminist theology.” Both women's studies in religion and feminist theology are two distinct academic enterprises that should not be confused or conflated, though they are related. The relationship between these two subdisciplines duplicates the relationship between religious studies and theology, between the descriptive and the normative tasks in the discussion of religion, a topic over which too much ink has been spilled.

Keywords: methodological trails; feminist movement; humanity; religion; feminist theology

Chapter.  5100 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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