At no point in recorded history has there been an absence of intense, and heated, discussion about the subject of how to conduct relations between women and men. This Handbook provides a comprehensive guide to these omnipresent issues and debates, mapping the present and future of thinking about feminist theory.
The chapters gathered here present the state of the art in scholarship in the field, covering: Epistemology and marginality; Literary, visual and cultural representations; Sexuality; Macro and microeconomics of gender; Conflict and peace.
The most important consensus in this volume is that a central organizing tenet of feminism is its willingness to examine the ways in which gender and relations between women and men have been (and are) organized. The authors bring a shared commitment to the critical appraisal of gender relations, as well as a recognition that to think ‘theoretically’ is not to detach concerns from lived experience but to extend the possibilities of understanding.
With this focus on theory and theorizing about the world in which we live, this Handbook asks us, across all disciplines and situations, to abandon our taken-for-granted assumptions about the world and interrogate both the origin and the implications of our ideas about gender relations and feminism.
It is an essential reference work for advanced students and academics not only of feminist theory, but of gender and sexuality across the humanities and social sciences.
Chapter 7: Entangled Subjects: Feminism, Religion and the Obligation to Alterity
Entangled Subjects: Feminism, Religion and the Obligation to Alterity
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 ...