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Feminism, Activism, and Scholarship in Global Context

Nancy A. Naples and Nikki McGary


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Comment on this article   As the histories of women's studies and feminist scholarship reflect, there is no clear distinction between feminist activism and feminist scholarship. Feminist scholarship is rooted in political activism and feminist activism is informed by, and contributes to, feminist theory. In fact, women's studies programs and the incorporation of feminist frameworks into academic scholarships were achieved through feminist activism. The development of feminist praxis continues as a central commitment of many feminists located within the academy as well as those engaged in activism through nongovernmental organizations, formal institutions, and informal community struggles. This essay situates feminist activism and activist scholarship in global context with consideration of what counts as feminist activism, a woman's issue, and a women's movement and how feminist scholarship and activism has contributed to social justice movements. We address these debates thematically, beginning with a discussion of constructions of, and challenges to, feminist identity placed in international context. The term “feminism” is not monolithic and consists of multiple theories and agendas depending on regional, historical, and individual contexts. Broadly speaking, feminism includes theoretical and practical challenges to gender inequality and multiple forms of systemic oppression. ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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