Feminist scholarship(s) offers a critique of orders and practices of inequality. But to what extent does it contribute to these itself? This project seeks to unpack gendered and classed tensions within critical feminist knowledge production, in order to explore how these contribute to the reproduction of social inequality.
The project explicates how the historical, social and political processes – within which feminist scholarship(s) is embedded – shape whose and which knowledge is deemed legitimate/illegitimate. It asks: what and whose knowledge achieves status as credible, valuable and legitimate, why is this so, how does it become the subject of ongoing struggles and a source of the reproduction of inequality within academia. These issues will be addressed through an analysis of early career female academics experiences of engaging in feminist knowledge production within the specific historical, social and disciplinary contexts.