Introduction

Citation data:

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, ISSN: 1464-9373, Vol: 2, Issue: 3, Page: 387-388

Publication Year:
2001
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Repository URL:
http://commons.ln.edu.hk/sw_master/4733; https://works.bepress.com/tniranjana/16
DOI:
10.1080/14649370120096503
Author(s):
NIRANJANA, Tejaswini
Publisher(s):
Informa UK Limited; Taylor & Francis
Tags:
Critical and Cultural Studies
article description
The contentious global history of modernity, and `our’ (call it `Asian’ for the moment) difficult and unequal relationship with the `West’, impinge on the claim to international solidarity made by post-1970s feminism, a claim articulated both in and out of western locations, although for different reasons. Often, even a radical internationalist claim has led, in non-western societies, to the branding of local feminisms as alien and intrusive by hostile forces on both left and right. A com- mon response by feminists was to trace the indigenous genealogies of contemporary feminism; but such an enterprise, focusing as it did on the subject of `women’, tended not to address the complex formation of gender-identity in its relation to class, caste, race, ethnicity, religious community, etc.