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Towards Transnational Feminisms

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Gupta, Jyotsna Agnihotri

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Abstract This article discusses the emergence of the concept of ‘transnational feminisms’ as a differentiated notion from ‘global sisterhood’ within feminist postcolonial criticism. This is done in order to examine its usefulness for interrogating the globalization of reproductive technologies and women’s right to selfdetermination over their own bodies by using these technologies. In particular, women’s use of technologies for assisted conception, and the local and global transactions in reproductive body parts form a testing ground for transnational feminisms. Does the construction of individual reproductive rights still leave some ground for women’s collective struggles? It is proposed that, if at all, transnational solidarity on this issue is possible, it will have to be built on the concept of universal ethical norms regarding human dignity.
Keywords gender
Free Keywords bio-ethics; globalization; global capitalism; global sisterhood; new reproductive technologies; self-determination; transnational feminisms;
Document language English
Publication Year 2006
Page/Pages p. 23-38
Journal European Journal of Women's Studies, 13 (2006) 1
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)