Denise Daley-mohanty

Denise Daley-mohanty - Pol Sci Response Mohanty Chapter 4...

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Pol. Sci. Response – Mohanty: Chapter 4 Mohanty’s argument is that the feminist struggle that exists today is based on this theory of a “universal sisterhood” which, contrary to what the phrase suggests, is not universal at all, but rather based on the ‘Western Woman’. She argues that the struggle would be more effective if it were “based on the specificity of our historical and cultural locations and our common contexts of struggle” (107), which she believes is best displayed by black and Third World feminists. She brings about the idea that this ‘universal sisterhood’ ignores the effect of differences, especially on the racial, socioeconomic, and ethnic levels. She believes that this universality suggests that all women under this sisterhood have the same experiences and perspectives, and fight the same struggles, which is in essence based on the “white, Western, middle-class” (111) model. I found her criticism of Morgan’s piece very valid. Morgan’s piece was
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This note was uploaded on 12/05/2011 for the course POLISCI 101 taught by Professor Laraja during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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Denise Daley-mohanty - Pol Sci Response Mohanty Chapter 4...

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