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Written/UnwrittenDiversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure$
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Patricia A. Matthew

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627717

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627717.001.0001

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Performative Testimony and the Practice of Dismissal

Performative Testimony and the Practice of Dismissal

(p.127) Performative Testimony and the Practice of Dismissal

Jane Chin Davidson

Deepa S. Reddy

University of North Carolina Press

The overall inquiry of Jane Chin Davidson and Deepa S. Reddy essay can be understood as an investigation of the tyranny of dismissing women of color in women's studies communities by silencing them. This essay looks empirically at specific experiences in women's studies for what they are—attempts to delimit voice, speech, naming, and ultimately, contestations made by minority women in the community. Chin Davidson and Reddy conceive of "dismissal" as a practice that is inextricable from the speech act and through a consideration of Kimberely Crenshaw and Derrida seek to renegotiate actions that subordinates expression, participation, and membership in a community that is called "women's studies," the name itself signifying a particular, narrow membership that fails to recognize the shifting constituencies that make up its community.

Keywords:   Women’s studies, intersectionality, feminism, Jacques Derrida, Kimberlé Crenshaw

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