Negotiating Normativity by Nikita Dhawan, Elisabeth Fink, Johanna Leinius, Rirhandu

By Nikita Dhawan, Elisabeth Fink, Johanna Leinius, Rirhandu Mageza-Barthel

This quantity provides the severe views of feminists, severe race theorists, and queer and postcolonial theorists who query the adoption of ecu norms within the postcolonial global and no matter if such norms are allowing for disenfranchised groups or in the event that they easily strengthen kin of domination and exploitation. It examines how postcolonial interventions adjust the examine of politics and society either within the postcolony and in Euro-America, in addition to of the facility kin among them. difficult traditional understandings of overseas politics, this quantity pushes the limits of the social sciences by way of attractive with substitute severe ways and innovatively and provocatively addressing formerly left out points of overseas politics. The fourteen contributions during this quantity specialize in the silencing and exclusion of weak teams from claims of freedom, equality and rights, whereas highlighting postcolonial-queer-feminist struggles for transnational justice, radical democracy and decolonization, drawing on in-depth empirically-informed analyses of techniques and struggles in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin the USA. They tackle political and social subject matters together with international governance and improvement politics; neo-colonialism, foreign relief and empire; resistance, decolonization and the Arab Spring; civil society and social move struggles; overseas legislations, democratization and subalternity; physique politics and eco-friendly imperialism. by way of drawing on different disciplines within the social sciences and arts, this publication either enriches and expands the self-discipline of political technology and diplomacy. fundamental readership for this quantity can be lecturers and scholars serious about globalization stories, postcolonial idea, gender reviews, and diplomacy, in addition to political activists and policy-makers involved in social and transnational justice, human rights, democracy, gender justice and women’s rights.

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The Voice of the ‘Third World Woman’ In apparent response to potential allegations of imperialism and disconnect from context, the SCSL did hire a ‘local expert’ to comment on the issue of forced marriage. Zainab Bangura—a Sierra Leonean insurance broker and civil society activist—was selected and presented both a written expert report and testimony in the AFRC and RUF trials. However, her role within the trials points to far deeper issues of inequality and hegemony that cannot be addressed simply by allowing a different narrator to speak.

17 And indeed, the ethnographic studies of ‘bush wives’ suggest a much more complex and ambiguous experience with some achieving significant power within the rebel force, perpetrating serious acts of violence themselves and in some cases falling in love with their husbands and remaining with them after the war: see for example Coulter’s (2009) fascinating study. 38 K. Grewal At the same time, to conclude that any attempt at engagement with international rights discourses on the part of ‘non-Western’ women is a condemned and counterproductive enterprise is a far from ideal outcome.

It seems Bangura cannot and does not speak authoritatively on any of these topics, which raises the question of what her testimony adds to that of the ‘bush wives’ themselves. ”9 For the defence the significance of this is the undermining of her testimony. However for my purposes it is interesting and important for another reason. 10 … Because I was here in Freetown. I worked here, I stayed here. And even when I went into exile for 9/10 months, I came back. 11 Accepting the distinction between the abstract reporting of a situation and that of ‘living it,’ having not herself been a ‘bush wife’ however, the question remains of what Bangura’s testimony adds to that already presented by the women themselves.

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