Feminism without Borders by Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Feminism without Borders

Bringing together classic and new writings of the trailblazing feminist theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism without Borders addresses some of the most pressing and complex issues facing contemporary feminism. Forging vital links between daily life and collective action and between theory and pedagogy, Mohanty has been at the vanguard of Third World and international feminist thought and activism for nearly two decades. This collection high...

Details Feminism without Borders

TitleFeminism without Borders
Release DateFeb 28th, 2003
PublisherDuke University Press Books
GenreFeminism, Nonfiction, Gender, Philosophy, Theory, Gender Studies, Race

Reviews Feminism without Borders

  • Jane Warsaw
    The word "feminism" takes on a broader meaning in this book. This book is not about equal pay and equal opportunity for women... a cause in which so many white/European feminist past and present are involved. No...this book is about meeting the basic needs and rights of all women all over the world and the solidarity, awareness and activities required to make a difference in women's lives, especially those living in 3rd world nations and 4th worl...
  • Sarah Cavar
    Clear and original, Mohanty’s text practices what it preaches. Mohanty’s major thesis is that the global-local (and western-3rd world, and white-of color) binary must be reconfigured to reflect the globalized and localized worlds as mutually constitutive. Throughout the text she, like a Möbius strip, twists between her personal lived experience (“local”) and the interests of feminist academics & women-of-color feminists writ large (“gl...
  • Erin
    This is a seminal work for anyone interested in global feminist activism and scholarship, including the academic endeavor of deconstructing Western feminist discourse that creates a monolithic image of The Third World Woman. Of particular note is her revision of her groundbreaking essay, "Under Western Eyes." Mohanty also presents a thoughtul and thought-provoking critique of higher education in the U.S.
  • Anita
    4.5it was a really good i'd recommend if you're interested in intersectional/transnational feminism. i'd give maybe 4.5 instead of 5 just because there were some parts i was interested more than others and sometimes a sentence would take up a whole paragraph and were challenging to read or that i felt were repeating a bunch of the same stuff in the same section. for the most part it was pretty accessible and readable. there is a lot of informatio...
  • Shelly Dee
    This foundational text in decolonial/Third World feminist thought is written in a compelling style that is easily accessible for both serious scholars and undergraduate students. The text itself is a series of nine essays which hone, sharpen, and extend Mohanty's general claims about a feminist theory and praxis that is based on the experiences and knowledges of Third World women. She claims, throughout, that global mechanisms of power are perhap...
  • Bronwen
    This book has been really pivotal in opening my understanding of feminism. Her discussion of transnational/cross cultural feminist solidarity is powerful and has been incredibly useful in my own work. I think this book is important for anyone to read, but particularly those who seek to move beyond the white, western liberal interpretation of feminism commonly taught in universities.
  • Chana
    mohanty is not the easiest read but dammit, she is badass. she identifies the problems with u.s.-based feminism and elaborates her vision and strategy for a transformational anti-capitalist feminist movement: decolonization, anti-capitalist critique, solidarity.
  • Spicy T AKA Mr. Tea
    A thoroughly enjoyable yet completely challenging anthology. Definitely academic. Some of the essays were a blur with distinct portions that jutted out and gave me insight and writing inspiration. Others were really well constructed, academic, but understandable. It was really nice to read some theory that actually tried to unravel what a feminist, transnational, One Third/Two Thirds World and/or Western/North and/or Third World/South solidarity ...
  • Aliyah
    One of the most profound and influential reads of my life. This book propelled me forward in an unmeasurable way as a scholar. Mohanty's scholarship is something that I think I will be grappling with always, and I know that the depth and thoroughness of her work in this book is something that I will be returning to on multiple occasions. I can only imagine that with each read, there is more to understand on entirely new levels, and I am excited t...
  • Nina
    I appreciate that Mohanty in her deconstruction of white, American feminism manages to keep a consistent anti-capitalistic critique, which can be otherwise frustratingly absent in academic writings on feminism. This is a really good read and a good starting point for anyone who wants to learn about the global perspectives in the emancipation of women.
  • l.
    "Sisterhood cannot be assumed on the basis of gender; it must be forged in concrete historical and political practice and analysis."The writing is a bit abstruse at times for me (probably not for people who are used to reading theory) but this book is very smart and very necessary reading.
  • Willa
    All hail the goddess that is Chandra Mohanty tbh. Something every Western feminist needs to read, to make you feel bad about your life choices and then make new, better ones that better engage women from different cultures and society.
  • Chanatip
    At first, I found Feminism without Borders slightly unengaging because of its constant repetition of the same arguments and key theoretical concepts. However, after having finished it, I came to appreciate it a lot as an incredibly crucial project that bridges the two worlds of theory and activism that have been drifting apart from each other. In her book, Chandra Mohanty sets out to engage several theoretical frameworks with dominant Western, wh...
  • Solidarity
    Amazon Book DescriptionBringing together classic and new writings of the trailblazing feminist theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism without Borders addresses some of the most pressing and complex issues facing contemporary feminism. Forging vital links between daily life and collective action and between theory and pedagogy, Mohanty has been at the vanguard of Third World and international feminist thought and activism for nearly two decade...
  • Arda
    I had the pleasure to meet with Dr. Chandra Talpade Mohanty together with selected faculty and students on April 21, 2017 at Villanova University, and what followed was an interesting discussion on the pedagogy of dissent in the neoliberal space of higher education. What was profound in this discussion was how closely the institutionalization of managerial class and the production of knowledge tie together, and how they both connect with imperial...
  • Lilianna Gumberidze
    This book made me think Alice Paul was not so great. That those iron jawed angels were not so great. Bell Hooks speaks to the idea that all the women are white and all the blacks are men. And that black woman have been consistently devalued, overlooked, omitted. She talks about the feminist movement of the 60's and 70's. How the women's movement was the white women's movement. A desire for white woman to get on even ground with white men. She tal...
  • Haley
    Chandra Mohanty is one of my favorite theorists I've learned about in the past few months. Her work is really useful for understanding how to adequately situate yourself and your knowledge in local/global contexts and so avoid some of the white-centric or Eurocentric tendencies we easily fall into after being educated and socialized in certain ways. One of the most important features of her work is discussion about how to build solidarity across ...
  • Maggie Delano
    This book was interesting and provided an excellent critique of Western feminism and globalization, with recommendations for changes in feminist scholarship and practice that is anticapitalist and antiglobalization. While I appreciate her points, I found it ironic that her book is talking about creating a "feminism without borders" and yet her work is very theoretical and a challenging read. Her points are nuanced, as she discussed at much length...
  • Kate Walton
    Finally managed to finish this after first trying and failing in 2009 when I was doing Honours. This time around, I found it much easier to understand, although I still struggled with some bits. Mohanty's writing is unfortunately very dense when she is in academic mode, although her personal anecdotes are written much more casually. This is a tough book to get through and requires much concentration, but contains many useful points throughout.
  • Ghaida Moussa
    Mohanty has always been a strong influence in my work. This book offers a revised version of Under Western Eyes, and discusses the possibilities and limits to solidarity in the current political economy through a postcolonial feminist and anticapitalist lens. It can be quite heavy in writing, but remains an important work.
  • Harper
    I read an essay out of this book. Maybe I need to give it more of a try. It bored me to tears. It's really, really academic in the language it uses. A big turn off for me. I'm smart but I don't have to prove it by reading asoteric feminist theory.
  • Monica
    I had two weeks to read this book and I am not sure I gained a whole lot. The title sounds a lot better than the book was in my opinion. It talked more about non-Western views of feminism and I had trouble connecting current issues with the author's point of view.
  • Katya
    I read this book when I was just beginning my education in feminism making it an extremely difficult read at the time. Warning: it's not light reading and I revisited recently and still have trouble with some parts of this academic text.
  • Libia
    International Feminism. The author brings theory as well as her experience as an India woman navigating life between the United Stares and India " through Western eyes."Looking at sex, gender, identity and politics/economics.
  • Simon
    The central argument is an exercise in circumlocution. The author embraces the concepts she criticizes in Western feminists. I'm finding that circumlocutory illogic is common in post-colonial studies.
  • Nalim
    "Mohanty's probing and provocative analyses of key concepts in feminist thought—"home," "sisterhood," "experience," "community"—lead the way toward a feminism without borders, a feminism fully engaged with the realities of a transnational world."
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  • Polly
    Love it