What constitutes normal? What role does deviance play in the constitution and maintenance of normative behavior and/or activities? When does normal become deviant? How is deviance measured? Is deviance different from transgression? How should we differentiate between deviance and perversity? Is the distinction between deviance, transgression and perversion a legal matter? Are we beyond thinking about race, gender, sexuality or class as deviant in our commodified culture(s)? Can anything constitute deviance in this present moment? Could, for instance, poverty be considered deviant? How should we classify criminality, violence, transgendered identities, immigration or war? This is by no means intended as an exhaustive list of topically rich areas for exploration.
Michigan Feminist Studies, an annual publication edited by graduate students at the University of Michigan, addresses current issues in feminist and gender studies. MFS has previously published papers in anthropology, sociology, psychology, literature, language & linguistics, cultural and science studies, history, philosophy, art history, film, political science and education. We welcome submissions in these and other disciplines to probe the topic DEVIANCE in any of the ways suggested by the questions above, or in any other direction.
Manuscripts should be 4,000-6,000 words double-spaced. Submit three single-sided copies. Please include a 150-200 word abstract, brief biographical note, institutional and departmental affiliation, address, telephone number and e-mail address. Papers may be submitted in the accepted form of your academic discipline (e.g., MLA, APA). If your paper is accepted, you will be asked to submit an electronic file. Mail submissions to:
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