This introductory chapter presents the central themes and structure of the book, providing a background of transnationalism and transnational feminism. Interdisciplinary paradigms such as transnationalism are located within and shaped by national imaginations in nuanced ways in U.S. interdisciplinary scholarship. In the 1980s, transnational approaches to the study of feminism emerged through critical engagements with existing ways of addressing global feminism. These emerging approaches sought to move away from understandings of global feminism that ignored inequalities and differences between women. The book thus examines the possibilities and the limits of the paradigm of transnational feminism that has arisen in interdisciplinary fields of study that have specifically been committed to break from nation-centric visions of the world. It focuses on unsettling the nationalization of the paradigm of transnationalism, and to use this discussion of transnationalism to open up questions about interdisciplinarity, finding ways to unsettle the disciplinary mechanisms that posit interdisciplinary fields such as women's studies.
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