Worlds of Knowing: Global Feminist Epistemologies

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Philosophy - 304 pages

Jane Duran's Worlds of Knowing begins to fill an enormous gap in the literature of feminist epistemology: a wide-ranging, cross-cultural primer on worldviews and epistemologies of various cultures and their appropriations by indigenous feminist movements in those cultures. It is the much needed epistemological counterpart to work on cross-cultural feminist social and political philosophy. This project is absolutely breath-taking in scope, yet a manageable read for anyone with some background in feminist theory, history, or anthropology. Duran draws many comparisons and connections to Western philosophical and feminist ideas, yet avoids facile or imperialistic over-universalization. Her book is powerful, comprehensive, Pnd brave. It will prove an enormously useful resource for scholars in women's studies, philosophy, anthropology, religious studies and history.

 

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Contents

Beginnings
3
Asian Focal Points
23
Dravidian India and Its Cultures
51
Bangladesh and Islam
79
Nepal and the Himalayan Societies
107
New World Focal Points
137
Guatemala and the Indigenous
165
The African Diaspora in the United States
221
RetrievalsOutcomes
251
Notes
271
Index
297
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About the author (2001)

Jane Duran is a Fellow in the Philosophy Department and a Lecturer in the Humanities at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is the author of Philosophies of Science/Feminist Theories (1997).

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