Feminisms of Discontent: Global Contestations

Hardcover | October 26, 2015

EditorAshleigh Barnes

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This edited volume focuses on a central plank of feminist politics, i.e. the struggle for equality. It attempts to find answers to the following questions: In what ways have feminist pursuits brought about more equality in women's lives? Or has the struggle for equality produced more law andinvited greater regulation into women's lives rather than transformation? Are there other ways in which to engage equality and the state? It points out that as feminism has gone mainstream, feminist discontent seems to have succumbed to respectability and the reward of inclusion. Feminism as a grandtheory is probably over. However, feminism as an intellectual project needs critical reorientation. In ten chapters, the volume covers a wide range of issues from around the world: feminist engagement with law; feminism's engagement with sexuality and queer politics; the idea of freedom and equality in the neoliberal frame; postcolonial feminism, etc. Well-known feminist scholars such as BrendaCossman, Ratna Kapur, Aziza Ahmed, Margaret Thornton, etc. come together from different locations - India, US, Europe, Australia, and Canada - for this critical assessment and questioning of feminist theory and politics. The volume critically engages certain currents in feminist theory and practice,such as "subordination", "dominance", "structural", "governance", "cultural" and "'carceral" feminism. Pointing out the dangers of feminist analyses that rely on dualistic understandings of sex/gender as also the assumed inevitability of women's subordination and the harmfulness of (hetero)sexuality for women, this volume decries such narrow and self-referential feminist paradigms. The volume alsoshows how these have not only failed to offer persuasive appraisals of contemporary international problems but have also ended up serving and legitimizing neoliberal and neoconservative projects.

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This edited volume focuses on a central plank of feminist politics, i.e. the struggle for equality. It attempts to find answers to the following questions: In what ways have feminist pursuits brought about more equality in women's lives? Or has the struggle for equality produced more law andinvited greater regulation into women's lives...

Ashleigh Barnes is Visiting Assistant Professor at Florida Coastal Law School, University of Florida. Previously, she has been Assistant Professor of Law at Jindal Global Law School, Sonepat, India.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:264 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.1 inPublished:October 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199452946

ISBN - 13:9780199452941

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Foreword by Dianne OttoAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Discontenting FeminismSECTION I: A FEMINIST PROJECT: THE RIGHTS AND WRONGS OF FEMINIST POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT1. Brenda Cossman: Feminism in Hard Times: From Criticism to Critique2. Ratna Kapur: Slutwalk Couture : The Politics of Feminism Lite3. Kerry Rittich: Out in the World: Multi-Level Governance for Gender Equality4. Margaret Thornton: Neoliberal Governmentality and the Retreat from Gender Equality5. Lakshmi Arya: Normativity, Power and Feminist Politics: Some Questions for Indian Feminism/sSECTION II: FEMINISM AND OTHER IDENTITY CATEGORIES: BEYOND GENDER6. Ashleigh Barnes: A Genealogy of the Convention on the Rights of the Child7. Vasuki Nesiah: Icons and Measures: (Re)presenting Victims in Truth Commission Processes8. Maneesha Deckha: Postcolonial Feminism: Liberal Feminism's (Humanist) 'Sister'?9. Aziza Ahmed: When Men Are Harmed: Feminism, Queer Theory, and Torture at Abu Ghraib10. Arvind Narrain: Queering Democracy: The Politics of Erotic LoveIndex