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Feminism Without Borders

Bringing together classic and new writings of the trailblazing feminist theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism without Borders addresses some of the most pressing and complex issues facing contemporary feminism. Forging vital links between daily life and collective action and between theory and pedagogy, Mohanty has been at the vanguard of Third World and international feminist thought and activism for nearly two decades. This collection highlights the concerns running throughout her pioneering work: the politics of difference and solidarity, decolonizing and democratizing feminist practice, the crossing of borders, and the relation of feminist knowledge and scholarship to organizing and social movements. Mohanty offers here a sustained critique of globalization and urges a reorientation of transnational feminist practice toward anti-capitalist struggles. Feminism without Borders opens with Mohanty's influential critique of western feminism ("Under Western Eyes") and closes with a reconsideration of that piece based on her latest thinking regarding the ways that gender matters in the racial, class, and national formations of globalization.In between these essays, Mohanty meditates on the lives of women workers at different ends of the global assembly line (in India, the United Kingdom, and the United States); feminist writing on experience, identity, and community; dominant conceptions of multiculturalism and citizenship; and the corporatisation of the North American academy. She considers the evolution of interdisciplinary programs like Women's Studies and Race and Ethnic Studies; pedagogies of accommodation and dissent; and transnational women's movements for grassroots ecological solutions and consumer, health, and reproductive rights. Mohanty's probing and provocative analyses of key concepts in feminist thought-"home," "sisterhood," "experience," "community"-lead the way toward a feminism without borders, a feminism fully engaged with the realities of a transnational world.
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Essays by a pioneering theorist of feminism, multiculturalism, and antiracism

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii Introduction: Decolonization, Anticapitalist Critique, and Feminist Commitments 1 Part One. Decolonizing Feminism 1. Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses 17 2. Cartographies of Struggle: Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism 43 3. What's Home Got to Do with It? (with Biddy Martin) 85 4. Sisterhood, Coalition, and the Politics of Experience 106 5. Genealogies of Community, Home, and Nation 124 Part Two. Demystifying Capitalism 6. Women Workers and the Politics of Solidarity 139 7. Privatized Citizenship, Corporate Academies, and Feminist Projects 169 8. Race, Multiculturalism, and Pedagogies of Dissent Part Three. Reorienting Feminism 190 9. "Under Western Eyes" Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles 221 Notes 253 Bibliography 275 Index 295

About the Author

Chandra Talpade Mohanty is Professor of Women's Studies at Hamilton College and Core Faculty at the Union Institute and University in Cincinnati. She is coeditor of Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures and Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism.


"Over the last two decades, Chandra Talpade Mohanty has produced an extraordinary body of writings on transnational feminism, radically changing the way we think about such categories as 'third world women,' 'women of color' and 'globalization.' This volume combines her now classic essays with new writings that accentuate the centrality of anticapitalist feminist theories and practices to the most expansive and forward-looking version of women's studies today." Angela Y. Davis "Chandra Talpade Mohanty is unequivocally one of the most important feminist theorists and scholars writing and publishing today. In this collection, her essays take on new meaning to play important parts in what is both a dynamic full-scale analysis of the complex histories of the exploitation of women within neocolonial capitalism and an elaboration of anti-racist pedagogies and anti-capitalist solidarity practices." Lisa Lowe, author of Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics "The juxtaposition of these essays brings into sharp focus the theoretical framework Chandra Talpade Mohanty has developed and makes visible the enormity, the force, and the uniqueness of her contribution." Ruth Frankenberg, editor of Displacing Whiteness: Essays in Social and Cultural Criticism "Feminism without Borders is a powerful collection of essays that inform, engage, move, and stimulate. Mohanty's focus is on anticapitalist and antiglobalization struggles, in concert with practical ideas about how to create collective visions and organize transnationally... Feminism without Borders ... insist[s] on a politics of engagement that is guided by globally sensitive spatial and temporal considerations and grounded in unequivocal feminist antiracist and anticapitalist sentiments."--Enivornment and Planning D: Society and Space, 2005 Volume 23 issue 1

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