Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity

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Duke University Press, Feb 28, 2003 - Social Science - 300 pages
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Bringing together classic and new writings of the trailblazing feminist theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism without Borders addresses some of the most pressing and complex issues facing contemporary feminism. Forging vital links between daily life and collective action and between theory and pedagogy, Mohanty has been at the vanguard of Third World and international feminist thought and activism for nearly two decades. This collection highlights the concerns running throughout her pioneering work: the politics of difference and solidarity, decolonizing and democratizing feminist practice, the crossing of borders, and the relation of feminist knowledge and scholarship to organizing and social movements. Mohanty offers here a sustained critique of globalization and urges a reorientation of transnational feminist practice toward anticapitalist struggles.

Feminism without Borders opens with Mohanty's influential critique of western feminism ("Under Western Eyes") and closes with a reconsideration of that piece based on her latest thinking regarding the ways that gender matters in the racial, class, and national formations of globalization. In between these essays, Mohanty meditates on the lives of women workers at different ends of the global assembly line (in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States); feminist writing on experience, identity, and community; dominant conceptions of multiculturalism and citizenship; and the corporatization of the North American academy. She considers the evolution of interdisciplinary programs like Women's Studies and Race and Ethnic Studies; pedagogies of accommodation and dissent; and transnational women's movements for grassroots ecological solutions and consumer, health, and reproductive rights. Mohanty's probing and provocative analyses of key concepts in feminist thought—"home," "sisterhood," "experience," "community"—lead the way toward a feminism without borders, a feminism fully engaged with the realities of a transnational world.

 

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The points made in this book are sound, however, the writing is very vague and unnecessarily complex. The complexity of the writing makes it nearly impossible to read the book and fully comprehend the purpose of individual sentences without generalizations. Overall this book is not meant for the masses, it is meant for academia, which is a shame because it brings forth important critiques of both western and third world societies. 

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I read an essay out of this book. Maybe I need to give it more of a try. It bored me to tears. It's really, really academic in the language it uses. A big turn off for me. I'm smart but I don't have to prove it by reading asoteric feminist theory. Read full review

Contents

Decolonization Anticapitalist Critique and Feminist Commitments
1
Decolonizing Feminism
15
Under Western Eyes Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses
17
Cartographies of Struggle Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism
43
Whats Home Got to Do with It? with Biddy Martin
85
Sisterhood Coalition and the Politics of Experience
106
Genealogies of Community Home and Nation
124
Demystifying Capitalism
137
Privatized Citizenship Corporate Academies and Feminist Projects
169
Race Multiculturalism and Pedagogies of Dissent
190
Reorienting Feminism
219
Under Western Eyes Revisited Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles
221
NOTES
253
BIBLIOGRAPHY
275
INDEX
295
Copyright

Women Workers and the Politics of Solidarity
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Chandra Talpade Mohanty is Professor of Women's Studies at Hamilton College and Core Faculty at the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. She is coeditor of Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures and Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism.

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