Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses

  title={Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses},
  author={Chandra Talpade Mohanty},
  journal={Feminist Review},
  • C. Mohanty
  • Published 21 January 1984
  • Sociology
  • Feminist Review
It ought to be of some political significance at least that the term 'colonization' has come to denote a variety of phenomena in recent feminist and left writings in general. From its analytic value as a category of exploitative economic exchange in both traditional and contemporary Marxisms (cf. particularly such contemporary scholars as Baran, Amin and Gunder-Frank) to its use by feminist women of colour in the US, to describe the appropriation of their experiences and struggles by hegemonic… 

The Feminist Quest for Identity: British Imperial Suffragism and "Global Sisterhood" 1900-1915

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United by Strength or Oppression? A Critique of the Western Model of Feminism

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Displacing the Voice: South African Feminism and JM Coetzee's Female Narrators

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Reading the "Outsider Within": Counter-Narratives of Human Rights in Black Women's Fiction

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Thinking otherwise: theorizing the colonial/modern gender system in Africa

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The term feminism expresses a commitment to resist the various forms of oppression women experience. Drawing from the author’s extensive interactions with the emerging indigenous women’s movement in

Feminism in the Novels of Anita Desai

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Should I Speak for My Sister? Solidarity and Silence in Feminist Struggles

This article is concerned with issues of solidarity and silencing within feminist practice, and with possibilities for responsible and respectful cross-cultural criticism. It analyzes claims about

Post-colonialism and Feminism

  • A. Riyal
  • Art, Political Science
    Asian Social Science
  • 2019
Since the 1980s, feminism and post-colonialism began to exchange and dialogue, forming a new interpretation space, that is, post-colonial feminist cultural theory. There is a very complicated



Challenging Imperial Feminism

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Homi K. Bhabha: ‘The Other Question: The Stereotype and Colonial Discourse’

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Feminism and Difference : The Perils of Writing as a Woman on Women in Algeria

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Feminist Politics: What’s Home Got to Do with It?

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The Use and Abuse of Anthropology: Reflections on Feminism and Cross-Cultural Understanding

  • M. Rosaldo
  • Sociology
    Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
  • 1980
This is an article about questions. Feminists have managed, in recent years, to impress a matter of undeniable importance on both academic and popular audiences alike. Previously blinded by bias, we

The Laugh of the Medusa

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Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia

The collaboration of the philosopher Gilles Deleuze and the psychoanalyst Felix Guattari has been one of the most profoundly influential partnerships in contemporary thought. Anti-Oedipus is the

A manifesto for Cyborgs: Science, technology, and socialist feminism in the 1980s

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Gyn/Ecology: The Metaethics of Radical Feminism

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