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By Irene Gedalof

ISBN-10: 0203980875

ISBN-13: 9780203980873

ISBN-10: 0415215862

ISBN-13: 9780415215862

ISBN-10: 0415215870

ISBN-13: 9780415215879

This pioneering quantity reviews the paintings of 4 eminent western feminists - Rosi Bradiotti, Judith Butler, Donna Haraway and Luce Irigaray - and explores the connection among Indian and white western feminism. Pt. I. Indian problems. 1. ladies and group identities in Indian feminisms. 2. company, the self and the collective in Indian feminisms -- Pt. II. White Western feminisms and identification. three. Luce/loose connections: Luce Irigaray, sexual distinction, race and state. four. lady difficulty: Judith Butler and the destabilisation of sex/gender. five. 'All that counts is the going': Rosi Braidotti's nomadic topic. 6. Donna Haraway's promising monsters -- Pt. III. opposed to purity. 7. strength, id and impure areas. eight. Theorising ladies in a postcolonial mode

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For the nationalist opponent of sati, it signifies the need to restore to purity a debased and distorted tradition that has been imposed by mis-readers of the scriptures. For the nationalist supporter of sati, it already represents that pure tradition. The tremendous malleability of the widow’s body in cultural interpretation and in law contrasts cruelly with its absolute fixity —its reduction to ashes—in reality. But then, Mani argues, real women, denied any agency or access to complex subjectivity in any of the norms on offer, are not the proper subjects of this particular debate.

The second section considers appropriations of birth and the mother-figure, while the third looks at women’s positioning in time and space. Throughout Chapter 1 I suggest a tension in Indian feminisms between tendencies to limit women’s ‘usefulness’ in the emergence of community identities to a passive role, and other approaches that suggest a more active productivity of ‘women’ at both strategic and discursive levels. In Chapter 2, I discuss these differences of approach more explicitly, when I turn to Indian feminist work on questions of women’s agency, and feminist alternative models of the self and collective identities.

The games of truth emerging in the highly charged context of communal conflict turn around questions of both nationhood and race. On the one hand, the project of the Hindu right pivots around the purifying imperative of a Hindu rashtra (Hindu nation) that would reduce the postcolonial Indian sense of nation-ness—always a precarious balancing act between an officially secular state and a complex, multi-ethnic and multi-religious people—to a Hindu component alone. On the other hand, the physical, political and symbolic conflicts that characterise communalism are 30 INDIAN COMPLICATIONS marked by rival attempts to fix unchanging truths about essential, birthbased differences between the religious groups.

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