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Transnational Feminism in the United StatesKnowledge, Ethics, Power$
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Leela Fernandes

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814760963

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814760963.001.0001

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Race, Transnational Feminism, and Paradigms of Difference

Race, Transnational Feminism, and Paradigms of Difference

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Transnational Feminism in the United States

Leela Fernandes

NYU Press

This chapter analyzes how dominant U.S. models of multiculturalism such as the wave model of feminism have disciplined and distorted the insights of “third wave feminism.” The static nature of the wave model of feminism has reduced the rich and varied contributions of writings classified as “third wave feminism” in terms of modular and reductive representations of paradigms such as intersectionality and identity politics. As “third wave” feminist writings become mainstream through temporal and political spaces of feminist thought, its deeper understandings of time, politics, and subjectivity risk being written out of history. This has been intensified by some modes of disciplinary-driven appropriations of the intellectual contributions of U.S. feminists of color as paradigms travel between disciplines and places. Feminist thought, in retrospect, requires a conception of history that can contain both insights of the past and the potential breakthroughs of the future within the contestations of political and intellectual practice in the present.

Keywords:   multiculturalism, wave model, feminism, third wave feminism, identity politics, feminist writings, feminist thought, feminists of color

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