Situating Women: Gender Politics and Circumstance in Fiji by Nicole George

By Nicole George

Because the time of decolonisation in Fiji, women’s firms have navigated a fancy political terrain. whereas they've got stayed real to the purpose of advancing women’s prestige, their paintings has been buffeted through nationwide political upheavals and altering worldwide and neighborhood instructions in improvement policy-making. This ebook files how girls activists have understood and spoke back to those demanding situations. it's the first ebook to put in writing ladies into Fiji’s postcolonial background, offering a close old account of that country’s gender politics throughout 4 tumultuous many years. it's also the 1st to envision the ‘situated’ nature of gender advocacy within the Pacific Islands extra commonly. It does this through analysing developments in job, from women’s radical and provocative activism of the Sixties to a extra self-evaluative and reflexive temper of engagement in later many years, displaying how interplaying international and native components can form women’s understandings of gender justice and their pursuit of that goal.** [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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Here, they are seen to interact with formal or more informal sites of political authority in complex and fluid ways. Less emphasis is placed upon the supposed links between organisational autonomy and progressive potential, and greater attention is paid to the ways in which women’s organisations negotiate the space to articulate agendas of reform while operating in close proximity to institutionalised sites of political power. For example, in authoritarian contexts the relationship between organisational autonomy and progressive capacity is less clear than in more conventionally framed accounts of women’s political agency.

Rather than focusing upon the benefits of transnational processes of information and knowledge exchange, consideration is given to the relative power of contending discourses within the realm of women’s transnational organising and the mechanics of representation. Questions are duly asked about which views are given the greatest exposure within transnational feminist networks and which tend to be obscured (Tripp 2006). The contention here is that southern women find themselves continually co-opted into a transnational realm of political engagement where western, learned and elite women are dominant (Spivak 1996; Mohanty 1984).

It is viewed as enabling a more flexible approach to comparative appraisals of feminist politics at the global level. This terminology is often invoked to avoid questions of gender subordination being articulated in ways which reference hegemonic, universalising ideals (Reilly 2009; Ackerly 2001) or romantic, yet essentialising images of ‘global sisterhood’ (Alexander and Mohanty 1997; Grewal and Kaplan 1994). Transnationalism, therefore, enables consideration to be given to common feminist perspectives which link the efforts of women advocates around the globe, while simultaneously acknowledging the specific circumstances which contribute to gender subordination in particular settings.

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