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Women, Ethnicity and Empowerment

Women, Ethnicity and Empowerment This article critically examines the ideology of empowerment and its links to debates about solidarity and difference among women, especially those from oppressed and minority collectivities. The notions of community, identity, culture and ethnicity are examined together with issues of women's citizenship and coalition politics. The article argues against simplistic notions of empowerment based on identity politics which homogenize and naturalize social categories and groupings and which deny shifting boundaries as well as internal power differences and conflicts of interest. As an alternative, the article suggests the idea of `transversal politics' based on situational dialogues. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Feminism & Psychology: An International Journal SAGE

Women, Ethnicity and Empowerment

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SAGE
Copyright
Copyright © by SAGE Publications
ISSN
0959-3535
eISSN
1461-7161
DOI
10.1177/0959353594041010
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Abstract

This article critically examines the ideology of empowerment and its links to debates about solidarity and difference among women, especially those from oppressed and minority collectivities. The notions of community, identity, culture and ethnicity are examined together with issues of women's citizenship and coalition politics. The article argues against simplistic notions of empowerment based on identity politics which homogenize and naturalize social categories and groupings and which deny shifting boundaries as well as internal power differences and conflicts of interest. As an alternative, the article suggests the idea of `transversal politics' based on situational dialogues.

Journal

Feminism & Psychology: An International JournalSAGE

Published: Feb 1, 1994

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