Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

7. Writing Women out of Women’s Movements: The Discursive Boundaries of Feminism

Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place - Vaia Touna

Leslie Dorrough Smith [+-]
Avila University
Leslie Dorrough Smith is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Avila University (Kansas City, MO), where she is also the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She is the author of Compromising Positions: Sex Scandals, Politics, and American Christianity (Oxford, 2019) and Righteous Rhetoric: Sex, Speech, and the Politics of Concerned Women for America (Oxford, 2014). Her research interests focus on American evangelicals and politics, critical theory, and the use of method and theory in both religious studies and gender studies.

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Over the past several decades, various attempts have been made by feminist scholars to describe the activism of many international women’s groups as “feminist” even though such groups often heavily resemble many American conservative women’s groups that have often been labeled by the same scholars as “anti-feminist.” Using the work of Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Uma Narayan as a frame of reference, I discuss how some scholars of “global feminism” use certain rhetorical techniques to make this identity labeling possible in order to fit a series of specific political interests, even though such techniques may depend on a philosophical double standard to achieve the appearance of consistency.

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Dorrough Smith, Leslie . 7. Writing Women out of Women’s Movements: The Discursive Boundaries of Feminism. Strategic Acts in the Study of Identity - Towards a Dynamic Theory of People and Place. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 117-141 Jan 2019. ISBN 9781781790731. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35644. Date accessed: 30 Sep 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35644. Jan 2019

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