Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism

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Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Ann Russo, Lourdes Torres
Indiana University Press, 1991 - Social Science - 338 pages
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"The essays are provocative and enhance knowledge of Third World women's issues. Highly recommended... "┬ —Choice

"... the book challenges assumptions and pushes historic and geographical boundaries that must be altered if women of all colors are to win the struggles thrust upon us by the 'new world order' of the 1990s." —New Directions for Women

"This surely is a book for anyone trying to comprehend the ways sexism fuels racism in a post-colonial, post-Cold War world that remains dangerous for most women." —Cynthia H. Enloe
"... provocative analyses of the simultaneous oppressions of race, class, gender and sexuality... a powerful collection." —Gloria Anzald˙a
"... propels third world feminist perspectives from the periphery to the cutting edge of feminist theory in the 1990s." —Aihwa Ong

"... a carefully presented wealth of much-needed information." —Audre Lorde

"... it is a significant book." —The Bloomsbury Review

"... excellent... The nondoctrinaire approach to the Third World and to feminism in general is refreshing and compelling." —World Literature Today

"... an excellent collection of essays examining 'Third World' feminism." —The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory

These essays document the debates, conflicts, and contradictions among those engaged in developing third world feminist theory and politics. Contributors: Evelyne Accad, M. Jacqui Alexander, Carmen Barroso, Cristina Bruschini, Rey Chow, Juanita Diaz-Cotto, Angela Gilliam, Faye V. Harrison, Cheryl Johnson-Odim, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Ann Russo, Barbara Smith, Nayereh Tohidi, Lourdes Torres, Cheryl L. West, & Nellie Wong.


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Mohanty's argument might be interesting if anyone could follow her rhetoric. Her writing is absolutely artificial. Mohanty dresses up her arguments in words that only a thesaurus would know. I do not mean to impugn the points that may genuinely exist within the pages of her book, I am merely stating that it probably isn't worth one's time to attempt to deconstruct this book to derive any information from it. The paraphrase/summary of this book would probably be better than the book itself. 

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great but i'm pissed the chapter on white privilege is missing.


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