Blogging the Theoretical


October 9, 2011 · 4 Comments

Feminsm Chandra Talapade Mohanty Chandra Talapade Mohanty presents that we need to remove discourses presenting “third world” women workers as victims, and empower them with a sense of agency that legitimizes the vital role they play in local and global economies. The language of “progress” and “development” are assumed to “naturally” accompany the triumphal rise of global capitalism. We need new world order and by assuming that these discourses automatically go along with change in society will not crate opportunity and change. Chandra Talapade Mohanty argues for a socialist future that will deconstruct notions of “otherness” as defined by a norm that perpetuates the inequalities of a capitalist system. Mobilization, organization, and a feminist consciousness that supports Transnationality . “The only way to get a little measure of power over your own life is to do it collectively, with the support of other people who share your needs.”( Mohanty, 168). Allow women power over their own lives. Agency is the result of self definition. Commonality can provide a way of “reading” and understanding the world though the lenses of class, race, and gender inequalities. This will foster a transnational feminist movement that moves away from universality of experience and toward an acknowledgement of history, agency, and commonality ( but commonality as a medium for solidarity). Also, to value women workers as individuals, so that they can make demands and receive monetary compensation. This will support their independence and legitimize their role within workspaces.


Categories: Group One · Monica

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  •   janico08 // Oct 9th 2011 at 10:20 am


    You have a lot of great ideas here! I think you need to expand on them a little more. I also think you might want to add a little more about multicultural feminism. Chapter five has a lot of great points about multicultural feminism that you may want to include. She defines this type of feminism in this chapter and states some of the challenges.

    This is a good start! Also, don’t forget your bibliography in the final draft! 🙂


  •   ahvang08 // Oct 9th 2011 at 3:20 pm

    This is a good start! I think you need to develop your idea a little more and kind of weed out some stuff. I would check some editing too. You mention “Mobilization, organization, and a feminist consciousness that supports Transnationality .” But don’t included any context for what this means and what Mohanty means by it. It would be beneficial to start off with a concrete definition of Third World Feminism and then from that structure your blog based on things like the struggle with capitalism in the work force and education systems.

    Good Luck

  •   jmmore09 // Oct 9th 2011 at 8:36 pm

    I’ve enjoyed your blog! I feel you have plenty of good ideas to start with here. Some of the things I noticed while reading were that there were some mechanical errors. I think one thing I would do is start off the blog by talking about the part where Mohanty discusses the Western perspective of what the “Third World Women” is categorized as. Overall, pretty good blog =)


  •   rcrich09 // Oct 9th 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Monica, you’ve got a really good start here. I would suggest focusing more on Mohanty’s discussion of solidarity as well as her criticism of the dichotomy that the “Third World Woman” creates.

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