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Women's and Gender Studies research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersections with race and class.
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Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies re-examines the field’s foundational assumptions by identifying and critically analyzing eighteen of its key terms. Each essay investigates a single term (e.g., feminism, interdisciplinarity, intersectionality) by asking how it has come to be understood and mobilized in Women’s and Gender Studies and then explicates the roles it plays in both producing and shutting down possible versions of the field. The goal of the book is to trace and expose critical paradoxes, ironies, and contradictions embedded in the language of Women’s and Gender Studies—from its high theory to its casual conversations—that relies on these key terms.
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    Women's and gender studies research takes an interdisciplinary approach to the study of gender, its function in cultures and societies, and its intersections with race and class. Research within women's and gender studies also often include feminist theory, masculinities and men's studies, studies of sexualities, LGBTQI studies, and girlhood and boyhood studies.

    Use the tabs above to find additional information for all types of research.

    • For specific courses, see the course guides.
    • For general research, check the Articles, Databases and Other Resources tab. Databases hold multiple resources, including scholarly articles. Articles are a good starting point for research. They frequently cite issues, books and other articles which can save you time. The Libraries hold several different indexes to help you find the articles you need.

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    The UF Center for Women's Studies & Gender Research offers many interdisciplinary courses, an undergraduate major with a choice of three areas of concentration within the BA program: a General Concentration, a Concentration in Theories and Politics of Sexuality or a Concentration in Gender and International Development; undergraduate minors in Women's Studies or in Theories and Politics of Sexuality; and a graduate certificate in Women's Studies in conjunction with other graduate degree programs. The Dean of Students Office offers additional resources and ways for students to be involved through LGBT Affairs and the Women's Student Association. NEW - LGBT Library @UF A listing of books available at the University of Florida's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs. All of these materials are also searchable in the Smathers Libraries' Catalog at: Begin with an Advanced Search and then limit your search by Location to the LGBT Library. Please check with the LGBT Affairs Office on check-out procedures.

    Additionally, the Special & Area Studies Collections at the George A. Smathers Collections have many resources related to women's and gender studies. Many of these materials are not available elsewhere or online, so researchers may want to visit Special Collections or browse through the online finding aids that explain some of the many resources they hold. 

    University of Florida's Pride Student Union provides a social, educational, and support organization for Gainesville's student community. Gainesville Community Alliance (GCA) is a social organization for gay, lesbian, bisexual people and their supporters throughout the Gainesville area.


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