Introduction: Transnational Feminist Practices and Questions of Postmodernity
thoughts on rhetoric:
the way terms get co-opted constitutes a form of practice, just as the way that they contain possibilities for critical use is also an oppositional practice. Specific terms lose their political usefulness when they are disciplined by academia or liberal/conservative agendas.
One of main questions their compilation hopes to address is:
How do we understand the production and reception of diverse feminisms within a framework of transnational social/cultural/economic movements? (3)
they claim very often, feminist poststructuralist or psychoanalytic theorists do not utilize a transnational frame or consider colonial discourse or discourses of race. –3
also claim, some feminst practices continue to use coloinial discourse critiques in order to equate the “colonized” with “woman,” creating essentialist and monolithic categories that suppress issues of diversity, conflict, and multiplicity within categories—3
G and K believe postmodernity is an immensely powerful and useful conception that gives us an opportunity to analyze the way that a culture of modernity is produced in diverse locations and how these cultural productions are circulated, distributed, received, and even commodified (5).
Interested in rearticulating histories of how people in different locations and circumstances are linked by the spread of and resistance to modern capitalist social formations even as theair experiences of these phenomena are not at all the same or equal. 3