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Intelligent CompassionThe Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and Feminist Peace$
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Catia Cecilia Confortini

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199845231

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845231.001.0001

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Feminist Critical Methodology, Peace, and Social Change

Feminist Critical Methodology, Peace, and Social Change

(p.19) Chapter 2 Feminist Critical Methodology, Peace, and Social Change
Intelligent Compassion

Catia Cecilia Confortini

Oxford University Press

The central theoretical arguments of the manuscript are outlined in this chapter. This chapter starts with a discussion of the limitations of understanding feminist debates about peace around equality/difference divides. It then grounds my theoretical analysis in a constructivist ontology of social construction and suggest the need to move beyond epistemological and ontological differences to focus on methodology to develop a theory of emancipatory agency. After describing what feminists would require of such a theory, the chapter draws on Brooke Ackerly’s influential methodology of Third World Feminist Social Criticism (TWFSC), highlighting its contributions and weaknesses for a theory of emancipatory agency. The chapter suggests that its methodological tools are critical to compel openness to new questions, self-reflection on power dynamics, and continuous self-assessment. They are, however, incomplete to induce action in the direction of emancipation. The chapter thus develops my alternative account.

Keywords:   feminism, feminism, critical theory, Third World feminist social criticism, critical methodology, international relations, emancipation, social change

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