Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions and Third World Feminism / Edition 1

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Overview

Dislocating Cultures takes aim at the related notions of nation, identity, and tradition to show how Western and Third World scholars have misrepresented Third World cultures and feminist agendas. Drawing attention to the political forces that have spawned, shaped, and perpetuated these misrepresentations since colonial times, Uma Narayan inspects the underlying problems which "culture" poses for the respect of difference and cross-cultural understanding.

Questioning the problematic roles assigned to Third World subjects within multiculturalism, Narayan examines ways in which the flow of information across national contexts affects our understanding of issues. Dislocating Cultures contributes a philosophical perspective on areas of ongoing interest such as nationalism, post-colonial studies, and the cultural politics of debates over tradition and "westernization" in Third World contexts.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415914192
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/28/1997
  • Series: Thinking Gender Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Uma Narayan is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Vassar College.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Contesting Cultures: Westernization, Respect for Cultures, and Third-World Feminists 1
2 Restoring History and Politics to "Third-World Traditions": Contrasting the Colonialist Stance and Contemporary Contestations of Sati 41
3 Cross-Cultural Connections, Border-Crossings, and "Death by Culture": Thinking About Dowry-Murders in India and Domestic-Violence Murders in the United States 81
4 Through the Looking-Glass Darkly: Emissaries, Mirrors, and Authentic Insiders as Preoccupations 119
5 Eating Cultures: Incorporation, Identity, and Indian Food 159
Notes 189
Index 221
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