Introduction: Interdisciplinarity and Social Justice

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International and Intercultural Studies (Pitzer)

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Introduction, social justice, interdisciplinary, disciplinary


Many interdisciplinary fields exemplify the political ambivalence that characterizes the U.S. academy: ostensibly a critique of that institution's role in reinforcing inequalities, their very existence indicates a belief that the academy may also be an equalizing force in society. Supporters of the ethnic studies, cultural studies, women's studies programs founded in the late 1960's, for instance, carried their battles from political movements into universities in the faith that changing the production of knowledge would transform social relations, broaden access for the disenfranchised, and thereby change the agents and the consequences of knowledge production.

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