Jo Reger will give a presentation on her recently published book, Everywhere and Nowhere: Contemporary Feminism in the United State(description below), on Friday, February 15th, 12:00-1:15, DW 2170. Jo is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Women & Gender Studies Program at Oakland University.
"Challenging the idea that feminism in the United States is dead or in decline, Everywhere and Nowhere (Oxford University Press) examines the contours of contemporary feminism. Through a nuanced investigation of three feminist communities, Jo Reger shows how contemporary feminists react to the local environment currently shaping their identities, tactics, discourse, and relations with other feminist generations. By moving the analysis to the community level, Reger illustrates how feminism is simultaneously absent from the national, popular culture--"nowhere"--and diffused into the foundations of American culture--"everywhere." Reger addresses some of the most debated topics concerning feminists in the twenty-first century. How do contemporary feminists think of the second-wave generation? Has contemporary feminism succeeded in addressing racism and classism, and created a more inclusive movement? How are contemporary feminists dealing with their legacy of gender, sex, and sexuality in a world of fluid identity and queer politics? The answers, she finds, vary by community."