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Decolonizing Universalism: A Transnational Feminist Ethic

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2019.07.19 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Serene J. Khader, Decolonizing Universalism: A Transnational Feminist Ethic, Oxford University Press, 2019, 186pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN 9780190664206. Reviewed by Kathleen Stock, University of Sussex In this book, Serene J. Khader steers an assured, creative, and scholarly course between two points she seeks simultaneously to reject. The first is a Western feminism saturated with imperialist and ethnocentric assumptions. The second is a wholly relativist position which, along with its repudiation of Western feminism, rejects the possibility of any universal feminist norms or prescriptions. In their place, she argues for a transnational feminism, with a universal 'normative core'. Yet, interestingly, she also describes a theoretical approach with the apparent flexibility and resources to avoid, not just tacit imperialism and ethnocentrism, but also any blanket incompatibility with religious tradition and gender complementarianism, for instance. Thus, enticingly for those concerned to maintain transnational feminist unity, her feminism promises to avoid automatic... Read More

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