African feminism

Authored by: Lyn Ossome

Routledge Handbook of Pan-Africanism

Print publication date:  May  2020
Online publication date:  April  2020

Print ISBN: 9780367030667
eBook ISBN: 9780429020193
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This chapter argues that coherence of African feminism as a political and philosophical tradition is discernible in the articulation of its varying thematic questions to broader emancipatory questions concerned with histories of slavery, colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberalization. That it is in speaking to/militantly resisting/thriving against these subjugative orders that feminist intellectual and activist traditions in Africa have, consolidating a standpoint or vantage point that ought to be read as African feminism. This vantage point is historically determined by, and grounded within, the lived experiences of African women.

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