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Postcolonial Feminism and Women’s Grassroots Organizing: A Look at the Disjuncture in Discursive Travel
Li, Ying
2013-12-17
Conference Namethe annual meeting of the International Communication Association
Source Publicationthe annual meeting of the International Communication Association
Conference DateJune 2006
Conference PlaceDresden, Germany
Abstract

Feminists have claimed that theory should emerge from practice and that knowledge should contribute toward women’s emancipation. However, in the 1990s, African American and postcolonial feminisms criticized feminist knowledge building for its Western bias, upon which false claims to universalism were based, and for its insensitivity to issues of race, class and cultural difference. These literatures, as well as postcolonial literatures on globalization more generally, attempted to construct knowledge, sensitive to issues of difference that mediated between cultural specificity and universality. This paper discusses how these literatures might be useful and/or limiting for understanding women’s social movements in the context of globalization. It puts to test feminists claim that they are committed to building “practical knowledge”, by citing four cases of women’s activist practice around the globe for assessment. It finds that the traveling of discourses between the academia and the grassroots is often uneven, unreciprocated, and under theorized.

KeywordFeminism Postcolonial Globalization Women Grassroots Organizing Discursive Travel
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Language英语
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Document TypeConference paper
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION
AffiliationUniversity of Macau, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Recommended Citation
GB/T 7714
Li, Ying. Postcolonial Feminism and Women’s Grassroots Organizing: A Look at the Disjuncture in Discursive Travel[C],2013.
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