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Complicit SistersGender and Women's Issues across North-South Divides$
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Sara de Jong

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190626563

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626563.001.0001

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Feminist Trajectories

Feminist Trajectories

(p.15) Chapter 2 Feminist Trajectories
Complicit Sisters

Sara de Jong

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers an overview of the history of transnational feminism and gender and development as well as the political struggles and dilemmas that have emerged in this context in order to contextualize the interviewed women’s work and feminist biographies. It argues that common narrations of the transnational history of women and development tend to repeat the same benchmarks and debates, leaving out particular regions and dimensions and reinforcing the separation between development and migration. Instead, this chapter connects this global gender and development narrative with the corresponding debates within women’s movements in the global North, in relation to migration and ethnic minorities. Drawing on the interview narratives, the chapter argues that the different generations of women in this study reflect distinct feminist and work trajectories and that their narrations demonstrate the continued relevance of key feminist debates concerning institutionalization, backlashes, essentialism, and inclusion/separatism.

Keywords:   GAD, gender and development, migration, ethnic minority, transnational feminism, women’s movement, postfeminism, generation, backlash, essentialism

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