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Week 1 - “Feminisms in the Third Wave” - jan 8.pdf

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York University
Social Science
SOSC 1502
Amar Wahab

Week 1: “Feminisms in the Third Wave” Readings: • Heywood and Drake, Introduction to Third WaveAgenda: Being Feminist, Doing Feminsim” (CK) • Taore, A Slam on Feminism in Academia (CK) • Hall, From ‘Roots’to Routes (G&K) - diaspora: closed way to describe the attempt of peoples who have been dispersed from their countries of origin but who maintain links with the past through preserving their traditions intact and seeking eventually to return to the homeland (true home of their culture) from which they have been separated - diaspora also refers to the scattering and dispersal of peoples who will never literally be able to return to the places from which they came; who have to make some kind of difficult settlement with the new cultures with which they were forced into contact and who have succeeded in remaking themselves and fashioning new kinds of cultural identity by, consciously or unconsciously, drawing on more than one cultural repertoire. - now people who belong to more than one world, speak different languages and inhabit different identities, have more than one home and translate between cultures —interlocking histories and cultures learned to live with and speak from differences - influences of both cultures - represent new kinds of identities—new ways of being someone—in the modern world - ex-colonized, marginalized people, etc are beginning to think of themselves of their identities and their relationship to culture and to place in these more open ways - source of cultural creativity - diaspora as an alternative framework for thinking about imagined communities - cuts traditional boundaries of nation state, provides linkages across the borders of national communities and highlights connection which intersect and disrupt and unsettle our hitherto settled inceptions of culture, place and identity ▯ Lecture: Postmodernism - third wave • Critical Perspective:Arebellion against the authority and dominance of modernist/scientific thought (i.e. against the binary) – Anti-positivist: No one, fixed ’T’ruth; — we must unfix the truth – Anti-evolutionary: i.e. What passes as ‘universal’is really based on ethnocentric standards that function as a yardstick for Self dominance; – Anti-essentialist: theories of ‘human nature’are ideological and discursive constructions that are passed off as ‘essence’what is shared in a particular social and cultural context. – categories of the binary: a+b, a doesn't equal b, a is greater than b Characteristics of the Postmodern Perspective •The world is heterogeneous, unstable and unpredictable; (standpoint relating our perspective to the world) •modern —> Truth. postmodern——> truth •opening our mind to difference •Abandons absolute standards, universal categories, grand theories; • Knowledge is historically contingent and socially constructed; •give power to the norms of normalization • Knowledge is tentative, provisional, and incomplete; •the sight of the viewer is the sight of the norm
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