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Jesuit and Feminist EducationIntersections in Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-first Century$
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Jocelyn M. Boryczka, Elizabeth A. Petrino, Jeffrey P. von Arx, and Charles L. Currie

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780823233311

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823233311.001.0001

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The Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender in Jesuit and Feminist Education: Finding Transcendent Meaning in the Concrete

The Intersection of Race, Class, and Gender in Jesuit and Feminist Education: Finding Transcendent Meaning in the Concrete

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Jesuit and Feminist Education
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M. Shawn Copeland

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823233311.003.0008

This chapter analyzes the terms “Jesuit” and “feminist” to explore their commonalities and interrogate what we mean by them. It considers the impact of social context on the structure of higher education and, more broadly, on the social arrangement of class privilege and racial coding within the United States. It explores the ways that a Jesuit and feminist education might begin to redress the systemic inequalities of class, race, and gender. These class divisions and the process of racial formation, including the romanticization of race as “essence” and “the unconscious persistence of racism in the post-civil rights era,” have obscured our understanding of the need for social change. A critical pedagogy that attends to particular historical, cultural, and social contexts resists the tendency to make the experience of individuals abstract and generalized, instead fostering a “concrete” understanding of “transcendent” matters. By nurturing an “Eros of the mind, the passionate desire and drive to know,” Jesuit and feminist approaches to teaching implicitly raise awareness of the structural inequalities that permeate society and encourage a more sensitive response to the need for change.

Keywords:   Jesuit, feminist, social context, higher education, class privilege, racial coding, inequality, social change

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