A call for postcolonial theoretical perspectives to better understand how gender, class,
racialization and historical positioning intersect to shape the health of individuals, communities
Feminist studies of health calling for complex analyses of gender and its intersection with other
forms of social difference.
Examine the relevance of postcolonial feminist theories as frameworks for understanding
women’s health and the factors shaping inequities in health and access to health care.
Reviewing the theoretical foundations of postcolonial-feminist theories and consider how these
perspectives extend the boundaries of main stream feminist theorizing to inform critical
analyses of women’s health.
Illustrate how postcolonial feminist perspectives can be used to analyse women’s health
concerns using examples related to Canadian aboriginal women’s health as a case in point.
Emphasizing the importance engaging critically with postcolonial feminist theories as
frameworks for social action aimed at mitigating inequities and promoting social justice in the
area of women’s health.
Postcolonial theory can be defined as an interdisciplinary family of theories that share a
common political and social concern about the legacy of colonialism, and how this continues to
shape people's lives and life opportunities
Postcolonial theories converge on many key points: the need to examine the genesis of
racialized, classed, and gendered inequities both past and present; the need for critical analyses
of peoples' experiences of colonialism, and their continuing manifestations; the deliberate
decentreing of dominant culture so that the perspectives of those who have been marginalized
become starting points for knowledge development; and the need to expand our understanding
of how conceptualizations of race, racialization, culture, and Others are constructed within
particular historical and current neocolonial contexts
A relevant feature of postcolonial analysis in women's health is the foregrounding of colonizing
and neocolonial practices which continue to construct race and culture as taken-for-granted
categories to locate non-European women as the essentialized, often inferior, and subordinate
Post in postcolonial does not imply that colonialism is finished business rather, that new
evolving configurations of power relations are emerging.
A place of multiple identities, interconnected histories and shifting and diverse material
New racisms and oppressions are being formed.
A distinguishing feature of post colonial theory-is its focus on disrupting the enduring history of
“race-thinking” and structural inequities that have been brought about by histories of
colonization and ongoing neocolonial practices.
Postcolonial theories do not necessarily include a gendered analysis.
Gender analytical dimension has been sorely lacking in some postcolonial scholarship.Some scholars postcolonial feminist framework that extends the analytical boundaries of both feminist
an postcolonial theories.
The aspects of feminist theory that are perhaps most relevant to postcolonial analyses relate to the
notion of intersectionality.
The deliberate decentring of dominant cultural perspectives so that the voices of those who have been
marginalized become starting points for inquiry.
And catalysts and key actors in activism an ssocial change.
Intersectionalty refers to the ability of social phenomena such as race, class, and gender to mutually
construct one another.
As consequence women's experience differing constellations of inequities based on their social
positioning within hierarchies of power relations.
Gender interacts with other factors such as lower levels of education, racialization, or single parenthood
, women end up at the bottom of most social economic gradients , and with aboriginal women
representing one of the most disadvantaged groups in Canada.
Postcolonial feminist perspective impact these historically and socially mediated conditions on women's
health and human suffering.
Postcolonial feminist theory also emphasizes the need for critical analyses that are inclusive multiple
voices from diverse socio-historical locations.
The assumption is that voices from the margins- those who have suffered the sentence of history
produce insights that are intended to interrupt dominant discourses about race, class, gender relations
Perspectives have been largely excluded in health policy and reaserch.
Reinterpreted or couched in terms of cultural differences, lifestyle practice, or behavioral choices.
One of the critiques of some forms of feminist theory has been the tendency for a for analyses to
privileges the gendered constrains of women's lives over issues such as racialization or class.
Criticized for focusing on the problems of relatively privileged.
Postcolonial femenist presprctives can be conceptualized as building on these critiques and extending
the analytical breath of feminist theorizing by illuminating how racialized, classed, and gendered
positioning, originating in the past and continuing in the present, intersects in different women's lives,
opportunities, and choices.For (1993), the historical oppression levelled against Aborigional women is one of the most important
points for feminists to grasp in order to appreciate how state-imposed gender discrimination uniquely
affected first nation women.
Some Aborigional women scholars have made efforts so contruct a gendered identity district from none
Aborigional women and mainstream feminist movements.
Racism and sexism found in the colonial process have serves to dramatically undermine the place and
value of women in Aborigional cultures , living us venerable both within and outside of our
Encircling native peoples in ever tighter grips of landlessness and marginalization, hence, their victims to
anger and violence.
Postcolonial and feminist perspectives help is to understand complex factors like political
disenfranchisement, racism, historical positioning and gender that shape the broad determinants of
Postcolonial discourses can portray women to assume that all wine who belong to a particular
ethnocultural group share the same experience of oppression.
Overlook the diversity within groups.
In Canada Aborigional culture in the Heath field is portrayed as the cultures of poverty, substance abuse,
and dependency giving rise to judgments about Aborig