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Identifying to dis-identify: occidentalist feminism, the Delhi gang rape case and its internal others
Department of Government, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, The Department of Gender Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2018 (English)In: Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, ISSN 0966-369X, E-ISSN 1360-0524Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Euro-American feminism’s embeddedness in a neo-liberal geopolitical framework has created new though contested spaces for knowledge production among scholars, practitioners and policy-makers. In particular, a theoretical tool that has lost its transformatory potential is disidentification, specifically as a signifier for forging collective activism within Europe. In the age of global mobility and border-crossings, Western feminist disidentification is increasingly framed through a preconceived notion of the ‘other’ as dis-empowered, exotic and violent. These faulty identifications rather than integrating multi-ethnic intersectional identities deepen the cleavages, especially within the academy. This article draws on two case studies that emerged following the Delhi gang rape case (2012) in New Delhi, India. These studies highlight how debates within the western academy are largely framed from the standpoint of the empowered European feminist self. Thus disidentification, rather than being a process for unpacking hegemonic discourses, becomes, instead, yet another way of packaging new hierarchies of knowledge.

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Routledge, 2018.
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Disidentification; gender; India; Munoz; violence
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Gender Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-145383DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2018.1435511ISI: 000451505800007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-145383DiVA, id: diva2:1186001
Available from: 2018-02-27 Created: 2018-02-27 Last updated: 2018-12-20Bibliographically approved

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