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Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice


Twelve writers challenge the structures and priorities of traditional Catholic colleges and universities: contemporary “reality TV” for anyone who values social justice in Catholic education. Throughout the book the writers confront the status quo of Catholic universities, questioning even those who have embraced feminist theology. The editors divided the book into three parts with subheadings that overstate their contents: “Feminist Border Work: Tensions and Contradictions” (3 chapters), “Living Experiences: Identity, Empowerment, and Action” (4 chapters), and “Social Justice: The Ideal, the Reality, and the Quest” (3 chapters). Like bookends, the editors have constructed two additional chapters: one at the beginning to set the stage and one at the end to draw conclusions.

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This document is provided for download in compliance with the publisher's policy on self-archiving. Permission documentation is on file. The journal was later renamed Journal of Catholic Education.

Citation information for the book: Sharlene Nagy Hesse-Biber & Denise Leckenby. Women in Catholic Higher Education: Border Work, Living Experiences, and Social Justice. Lexington Books, 2004.


Catholic Education: A Journal of Inquiry and Practice







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