Title

Why culture matters : rethinking the language of feminist politics

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Inter-Asia Cultural Studies

Publication Date

1-1-2010

Volume

11

Issue

2

First Page

229

Last Page

235

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Abstract

The Inter-Asia Project, not least as it is exemplified in the IACS Journal, has enabled a variety of stimulating conversations across Asia. One such productive site of engagement with ‘Asian’ questions has been feminism. Although there are strong women’s movements in many countries in the region, they often deal by necessity with local issues (unless there are crossborder aspects involved, as in the case of sex-trafficking or migrants), and it is not always easy to find a point of access for understanding how different feminisms may speak to one another. I suggest that it may be necessary to go beyond looking at the real-time questions of feminist politics, and instead examine more closely the locations from where the questions originate. Such an examination, I propose, will have to focus on why culture matters to feminism. Having taken this detour, my essay will return to the present to reflect on a new development in Indian feminism.

DOI

10.1080/14649371003616326

Print ISSN

14649373

E-ISSN

14698447

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Additional Information

This article also published in T. Niranjana, X. Wang, & N. Vasudevan (Eds.) (2015), Genealogies of the Asian present: Situating inter-Asia cultural studies (pp. 171-180). New Dehli: Orient Blackswan.

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Recommended Citation

Niranjana, T. (2010). Why culture matters: Rethinking the language of feminist politics. Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, 11(2), 229-235. doi: 10.1080/14649371003616326