Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World

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Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World
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AuthorKumari Jayawardena
SubjectPostcolonial feminism
PublisherZed Books
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Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World written by Kumari Jayawardena is widely used in women's studies programs around the world and is considered a key text of third-world feminism.

Jayawardena reconstructs the history of women's rights movements in Asia and the Middle East from the 19th century[1] to the 1980s, focusing on Egypt, Turkey, Iran, India, Sri Lanka, China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Japan, Korea, and the Philippines,[2] her research shows that feminism was not a foreign ideology 'imposed' on 'Third World' countries, but instead, was indigenous to Asia and the Middle East as women struggled for equal rights and against the subordination of women in the home and in society in general.

Jayawardena is the author of several other books, including The Rise of the Labor Movement in Ceylon and Embodied Violence: Communalising Women's Sexuality in South Asia. (Co-edited with Malathi de Alwis). However Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World is one of Jayawarden's oft-cited works and has gained international recognition; the book was chosen for the Feminist Fortnight award in Britain in 1986 and was cited by Ms. magazine in 1992 as one of the 20 most important books of 'the feminist decades' (i.e. 1970-1990).[3]

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  1. ^ Pui-lan, Kwok (2006). Postcolonial Imagination And Feminist Theology (1st ed.). Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press. p. 151. ISBN 978-0-664-22883-5.
  2. ^ Firat, Bilge (2006). Dissident, But Hegemonic: A Critical Review of Feminist Studies on Gendered Nationalism in Turkey. pp. 48–49. ISBN 978-0-542-80868-5.
  3. ^ “Feminist Classics of This Wave” in Ms. 1 vol. 3 (Arlington, 1992): 65.