Between Femininity and Feminism: Colonial and Post-Control Perspective on Care

Kanchan Mahadevan

Verlag: D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd., 2014
ISBN 10: 8124607303 / ISBN 13: 9788124607305
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This book engages with the contribution of feminist thinkers to examine their transformation of the activity of philosophy itself in the course of its contact with the feminine. It also portrays how the feminist philosophy brings about a greater awareness of philosophy`s relation to history, culture and other disciplines. The author vividly puts into limelight the struggle between femininity and feminism in the philosophical corpus of feminist thinkers with reference to the concept of care. She takes pioneering feminism during the colonial period as its starting point and moves to its second wave during the post-colonial period to examine the trajectory of the concept of care. Women do not form a homogeneous category. Therefore, this volume explores the extent to which Ramabai, Wollstonecraft, Okin, Gilligan and de Beauvoir can dialogue with the contemporary women. The relationship between these thinkers and their arguments is conceptually connected. The book addresses a few questions such as what is femininity, can one define feminine at all, how does a feminist feminine differ from a patriarchal feminine, can male philosophical frameworks be employed in feminist directions, among others. The book also investigates the shifts from the colonial to post-colonial periods in the feminist approaches to care. It examines the possibility of integrating feminine care with the political concepts of justice and autonomy. An added task of intervening in the conceptual categories of Western feminism in an attempt to blur the strict binary between the Indian and Western traditions, is also explored.Foreword ? Veena Poonacha Preface Acknowledgement Introduction: Philosophizing as Women Part 1 Colonial Perspectives 1. Pandita Ramabai and Feminism in Colonial India: Tradition, Modernity and Domestic Nurture The Construction of Indian Womanhood Ramabai?s Feminist Voice Women in Indian Philosophy 2. Feminine/Feminist Gestures in Colonial England: Mary Wollstonecraft British Radicalism, Critique of Empire and Female Manners Intersecting Spaces: ?Entangled? and ?Embattled? Female Ancestry Part 2 Postcolonial Contexts, Perspectives 3. The Ethics of Care: Carol Gilligan Critique of Mainstream Ethics The Perspective of Care Care in Patriarchal and Colonial Contexts 4. Integrating Justice and Care: Susan Okin Justice and Family: Critique of Rawls A Feminist Reinterpretation of Rawls Gender Justice: Liberalism and the Family 5. Rethinking Freedom and Care: Simone de Beauvoir The Disquietitudes of Individualist Freedom Relational Freedom, Embodied Situation and Ambiguity Reproductive Freedom in Global Contexts Afterword: Towards Global Feminisms Bibliography Index Printed Pages: 285. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 88812

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Although the feminist debate on the ethics of care has demonstrated that philosophical concepts are gender-laden, the relation of care to justice and autonomy is not self- explanatory. Moreover, given its Western context, the normative relevance of the care debate to non-Western feminisms remains problematic. This book addresses this debate and investigates the extent to which notions of justice and autonomy can be reformulated without Eurocentrism from the perspective of care.

In this endeavour, this book maps the shifts in feminist approaches to care from the colonial to the post-colonial periods, taking both inter- disciplinarity and inter- sectionality into account. The book also argues that the feminist debate on care has contributed towards making philosophy's boundaries with culture and social science more porous.


About the Author

Kanchana Mahadevan is Professor at the Department of Philosophy, University of Mumbai. Her teaching and research interests in philosophy include ethics, hermeneutics, critical theory, gender studies and political theory. She has published various papers in journals and anthologies on these themes.



THIS volume, Between Femininity and Feminism: Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives on Care, is an important addition to the growing body of feminist interrogation of mainstream disciplines. Located at the boundaries of Western and Indian philosophical traditions, the volume provides fresh insights into a fundamental dilemma of feminist moral philosophy on the gendering of human identity and the ethics of care. The positing of this dilemma in feminist philosophical traditions can be traced to the rise of femi

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Verlag: D.K. Printworld (P) Ltd.
Erscheinungsdatum: 2014
Einband: Hardcover
Zustand: New

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