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Women's and Gender Studies
Victoria Tahmasebi

WEEK 7 Postcolonial FeminismPostcolonialismRefers to a broad and heterogeneous body of scholarly workThe common characteristics pays attention to discourses and ideologies of colonialismStudies the symbolic and material effects of subjugation under colonialism and afterStudies the voices of women located at the peripheries of Western powers Definition refers to a broad and heterogeneous body of scholarly workTwo common characteristics colonialism is the history of the hegemony of the east and west societies and empires and second is that they all study the symbolic the culture the ideology the social relations and material the economic relations effects of colonialismIt is the voice of women at the margins of western societyPostcolonial feminism covered the voice of women who live in those western societies and whose voices are marginalized Human NatureInseparable from the individuals location in the social and political contextInfluenced and shaped by colonial power relationsRejects universalist and unitary conceptions of human natureUniversalistUnitaryPostcolonial feminism human nature is very much influenced and shaped by different points of colonial relations for example the power imbalance between few western powers and the rest of the world what we refer to as the NorthSouth regions is how Universalist and unitary will come on examRejects any universal means to have a universalgeneral idea of what human nature is and unitary means to have a nonconflictual and homogenous understanding of human nature we as human beings have one identity conceptions of human naturethere is no one single human nature and each identity has in itself conflicting aspects to it so different parts of human nature are not in harmony Universal and unitary notions of human nature of identity are part of colonizingand this should be rejectedWomanNo universal definition of womanhoodEuropean grand narrativeCultural differences among women are important
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