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Baukje Prins

In: Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies

Chapter 14: Mothers and Muslims, Sisters and Sojourners: The Contested Boundaries of Feminist Citizenship

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Mothers and Muslims, Sisters and Sojourners: The Contested Boundaries of Feminist Citizenship
Mothers and muslims, sisters and sojourners: The contested boundaries of feminist citizenship

Three tendencies can be discerned in feminist theories of citizenship: the first aims at the inclusion of women as full-fledged citizens, the second opts for a reversal of the dominant conceptions of citizenship, and the third deconstructs existing dichotomous frameworks of citizenship in order to develop feminist reconceptualizations of liberal democracy. Each of these outlooks generates a different perspective on one of the most nagging questions in contemporary feminist theory: how do the political aims of feminism and multiculturalism relate to one another? Each of these perspectives is confronted with the tacit assumption that citizenship involves the position of members of a ...

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