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Re-orienting Western Feminisms

Re-orienting Western Feminisms
Women's Diversity in a Postcolonial World


  • Date Published: February 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521589758

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  • The agenda of contemporary western feminism focuses on equal participation in work and education, reproductive rights, and sexual freedom. But what does feminism mean to the women of rural India who work someone else's fields, young Thai girls in the sex industry in Bangkok, or Filipino maids working for wealthy women in Hong Kong? In this 1998 book, Chilla Bulbeck presents a bold challenge to the hegemony of white, western feminism in this incisive and wide-ranging exploration of the lived experiences of 'women of colour'. She examines debates on human rights, family relationships, sexuality, and notions of the individual and community to show how their meanings and significance in different parts of the world contest the issues which preoccupy contemporary Anglophone feminists. She then turns the focus back on Anglo culture to illustrate how the theories and politics of western feminism are viewed by non-western women.

    • Challenges the assumptions and issues of English-language feminism
    • Draws together a broad range of scholarship and other material from around the world
    • Introduces both key debates and the experiences of women living beyond the white west
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    • Date Published: February 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521589758
    • length: 284 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • contains: 1 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Fracturing binarisms: first and third worlds
    2. Individual versus community
    3. Mothers and wives
    4. Sexual identities - western imperialism?
    5. The international traffic in women

  • Author

    Chilla Bulbeck, University of Adelaide

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