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  1. Community Engagement in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences: Academic Dispositions, Institutional Dilemmas [Download]

    Title: Community Engagement in the Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences: Academic Dispositions, Institutional Dilemmas
    Creator: Dorow, Sara
    Description: Engaged scholarship is increasingly concerned with how community engagement might be institutionalized in the contemporary university. At the same time, it must be attentive to diverse academic approaches to knowledge and to the forms of engagement associated with them. Attention to this plurality is especially important in the humanities, arts, and social sciences (HASS). Based on a multi-method study conducted in the Faculty of Arts at a large western Canadian research university, this paper maps the demographic positions (gender, rank, and discipline) and scholarly dispositions (stances adopted toward the production of knowledge and the role of the academic) of HASS faculty and contract instructors onto the range of ways they perceive and practice engagement. Against this backdrop, we present a qualitative case study of two pairs of faculty that fleshes out the complexities and possibilities of divergent dispositions and the forms and experiences of engagement with which they are associated. We assert that understanding differentiated starting points to knowledge production among HASS academics is an important pathway to the fuller recognition and flexible institutionalization of engagement in research universities.
    Subjects: arts, and social sciences, dispositions, engagement, institutional rewards, humanities, faculty
    Date Created: 2015
  2. Blood and Desire: The Secret of Heteronormativity in Adoption Narratives of Culture [Download]

    Title: Blood and Desire: The Secret of Heteronormativity in Adoption Narratives of Culture
    Creator: Dorow, Sara
    Description: In this article, we use narratives of cultural identity among U.S. parents of children adopted from China to conceptually explore the ideas that underwrite socially intelligible kinship. Although these narratives address the cultural heritage of the child, we find that they also perform a kind of social labor. The ways adoptive parents respond to the “culture question” (their children's birth heritage) also speak to family identity in relation to a foundational imaginary of heteronormative kinship, namely, the equivalence of biological and social family origins. We assert that the “secret” of socially intelligible kinship is revealed in the shifting meanings of blood and social desire in ideas of kinship, which has important implications for new kinship studies as well as for adoption scholarship. [kinship, heteronormativity, adoption, culture, race, desire] Read More
    Subjects: desire , culture, kinship, adoption, race, heteronormativity
    Date Created: 2009
  3. Adoption as Political History [Review of Laura Briggs, Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption] [Download]

    Title: Adoption as Political History [Review of Laura Briggs, Somebody’s Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption]
    Creator: Dorow, Sara
    Description: The article reviews the book \"Somebody's Children: The Politics of Transracial and Transnational Adoption,\" by Laura Briggs.
    Subjects: international adoption - United States, nonfiction, Briggs, Laura
    Date Created: 2012
  4. Gendering Energy Extraction in Fort McMurray [Download]

    Title: Gendering Energy Extraction in Fort McMurray
    Creator: Dorow, Sara
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    Date Created: 2015