Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures
By Chandra Mohanty
November 20, 1996
The contributors present sustained studies of feminist movement that challenge post-cold war capitalist processes of re-colonization that further exacerbate racial, heterosexual, class and gender hierarchies. The volume maps the anatomy of feminist movements and organizations, and examines the resources they provide for envisioning feminist democratic practice. Issues of consciousness, agency and identity are crucial in understanding these processes. The essays collected here define new modes of thinking, of organizational self-reflection, of political engagement, and of reimagining the social world.
The authors suggest ways of re-envisioning comparative feminist analyses, revisiting analytic categories such as colonialism, imperialism, the nation-state, heterosexual patriarchies, and racialization--re-definining, if not transforming, feminist politics and scholarship.
Reviews"Feminist Genealogies has a transnational orientation, drawing together essays from places as diverse as the Philippines, Nigeria, and Jamaica. After reading Feminist Genealogies, one is left with a feeling of hope about the possibility of 'democratic futures'..."