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Against Purity : Rethinking Identity with Indian and Western Feminisms - Irene Gedalof

Against Purity

Rethinking Identity with Indian and Western Feminisms

Paperback Published: 21st October 1999
ISBN: 9780415215879
Number Of Pages: 256

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Against Purity confronts the difficulties that white Western feminism has in balancing issues of gender with other forms of difference, such as race, ethnicity and nation. This pioneering study places recent feminist theory from India in critical conversation with the work of key Western thinkers such as Butler, haraway and Irigaray and argues that, through such postcolonial encounters, contemporary feminist thought can begin to work 'against purity' in order to develop more complex models of power, identity and the self, ultimately to redefine 'women' as the subject of feminism.
Theoretically grounded yet written in an accessible style, this is a unique contribution to ongoing feminist debates about identity, power and difference.

Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
Indian complicationsp. 23
Women and community identities in Indian feminismsp. 25
Agency, the self and the collective in Indian feminismsp. 50
White Western feminisms and identityp. 69
Luce/loose connections: Luce Irigaray, sexual difference, race and nationp. 71
Female trouble: Judith Butler and the destabilisation of sex/genderp. 96
'All that counts is the going': Rosi Braidotti's nomadic subjectp. 122
Donna Haraway's promising monstersp. 146
Against purityp. 171
Power, identity and impure spacesp. 173
Theorising women in a postcolonial modep. 199
Conclusionp. 223
Notesp. 230
Bibliographyp. 233
Indexp. 243
Table of Contents provided by Blackwell. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780415215879
ISBN-10: 0415215870
Series: Gender, Racism, Ethnicity
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 21st October 1999
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.34  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 1

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