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Gender and ethnicity at the millennium: from margin to centre

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JournalETHNIC AND RACIAL STUDIES
DatePublished - Sep 2000
Issue number5
Volume23
Number of pages15
Pages (from-to)805-819
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Three decades of feminist academic work have led to claims about its maturity and "coming of age". This article offers a critical evaluation of feminism's success, particularly in the context of "race" and ethnicity awareness. Feminism has challenged mainstream thought by making women and gender central concerns, by opening up new fields for study and by breaking down disciplinary barriers. However, the global hegemony of Western feminism means that the range of women's issues tends to be narrowly and parochially conceived. Women of different ethnicities have had an uphill struggle to redefine feminist terms, benchmarks and understandings. One particular difficulty involves the use of ideas and concepts which are not easily translated into English. Drawing on debates between Western women and Islamist feminists, the article explores some of the problems in understanding terminologies and deciphering definitions about cultures and languages. It argues that the views of non-Western and ethnic minority women must be moved from margin to centre stage.

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  • Western feminism, epistemology, cross-disciplinarity, cultural imperialism, Islamic feminism, terminology, WOMENS

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