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Women's Movements in the Global South


Subject Imperial, Colonial, and Postcolonial History » Postcolonial History

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781444334982.2016.x


There have been various ways to describe and name women's movements originating outside of the West (Western Europe and the United States) including “Third World feminism” ( Narayan 1997 ), “feminism without borders” ( Mohanty 2003 ), “global feminism” ( Morgan 1984 ), “local feminisms” ( Basu 1995; 2010 ), and most recently, “transnational feminism” ( Grewal and Kaplan 1994 ; Swarr and Nagar 2010 ). These varying nomenclatures together emphasize not merely the location of feminism in the postcolonial world (against its exclusive association with Europe) but its cross-border linkages and historical imbrication. Indeed, scholarly documentation of women's movements in postcolonial contexts has had to continuously keep up with the changing nature of its empirical object of study, of which internationalism and more recently, transnationalization has been a key signifier. This entry prioritizes the politics and ethics of scale in reading women's movements in the Global South – how they have always been simultaneously regional, national, and transnational in scale and consequently, read through the twin lens of the global and the local. Questions of scale that emphasize points of connection, proximity, and intimacy – rather than separation, distance and distinctness – might even displace an opposition between the local and the global as conventionally conceived. Spatial investigations ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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