Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores the debates within North American academic writings around transnational feminism. These debates highlight the importance of understanding transnational feminism as cartography, theory, and practice in its various iterations, which I argue is a key contribution of the contemporary transnational feminist movements. Transnational feminism, I show, introduced a radical geography of historically specific relational processes across borders as opposed to the ahistorical and bounded notions of local, national, global; a theoretical framework that decentered gender in feminist theorizing even as it centered it in postmodern social theory; and a praxis based on reflexive, transversal solidarities as both means to and goals of women’s emancipation. These contributions have not translated easily into feminist goals either in the academy or in the three sites that are the focus of this volume. But the reflexivity that is central to transnational feminism in theory and praxis indicates possibilities even if it has not lived up to its promises.
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