Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions, and Third World Feminism

Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions, and Third World Feminism

by Uma Narayan
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415914185
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/28/1997
Series:
Thinking Gender Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Contesting Cultures: Westernization, Respect for Cultures, and Third-World Feminists1
2Restoring History and Politics to "Third-World Traditions": Contrasting the Colonialist Stance and Contemporary Contestations of Sati41
3Cross-Cultural Connections, Border-Crossings, and "Death by Culture": Thinking About Dowry-Murders in India and Domestic-Violence Murders in the United States81
4Through the Looking-Glass Darkly: Emissaries, Mirrors, and Authentic Insiders as Preoccupations119
5Eating Cultures: Incorporation, Identity, and Indian Food159
Notes189
Index221

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