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Sîan Hawthorne

In: The SAGE Handbook of Feminist Theory

Chapter 7: Entangled Subjects: Feminism, Religion and the Obligation to Alterity

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Entangled Subjects: Feminism, Religion and the Obligation to Alterity
Entangled subjects: Feminism, religion and the obligation to alterity
SîanHawthorne

The ethical necessity of being attuned to historical and cultural specificity, of carefully calibrating difference as the ground for political enunciation, has for feminism become a settled proposition. Very little feminist analysis now proceeds without first acknowledging and tracing the intricate socio-cultural intersections that inaugurate and constitute its political itineraries. It is surprising, therefore, that religious difference appears to signal a certain intractability in the feminist veneration of intersectionality, seeming to exist beyond the borders of feminist obligations to alterity. Whether in arguments regarding the ordination of female clergy, the veiling of Muslim women or reproductive rights, to name but the most prominent arenas in which the apparently ...

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