Redshine Publication releases “Postcolonial Feminisms,” edited by Dr. Bidisha Kantha and Shri Saumyadeep Bhattacharya. This book is an important contribution to feminist literature, exploring the postcolonial perspective in feminist discourse. With a critical analysis of the first and second wave of feminism, the book points out the Western-centric, white, upper and middle-class biases and shortcomings that these waves were criticized for. The book explores the emergence of Third-wave feminism and the diverse socio-cultural variations of feminism it gave rise to, including the emergence of Postcolonial Feminism in the 1980s.
The book draws on Michel Foucault’s ideas on discourse, power, and knowledge, creating a theoretical space for the traditional subaltern/s. Franz Fanon’s seminal works Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth have inspired resistance and pushback against the over-arching colonial residue. Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s Decolonizing the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature further built on the idea that the colonial discourse needed to be re-structured and re-written from the perspective of the colonized. Edward Said’s Orientalism: Western Conceptions of the Orient further emphasized the pressing need to re-write colonial history from the perspective of the colonized.
The book delves into how Postcolonial Feminism is different from other feminist discourses. It explores the intersectionalities of race, class, and gender, providing a much-needed space for the voices of women of color, immigrant women, and women from marginalized communities. Postcolonial Feminism challenges the universalizing claims of other feminist discourses and points out that women’s experiences and struggles are not homogenous across the globe. By analyzing various case studies from different parts of the world, the book shows how the colonization of a particular region has impacted the lives of women in that region. The book explores the impact of colonialism on gender roles and identities, reproductive rights, sexual autonomy, and the role of women in the labor force.
The book features contributions from scholars, activists, and writers from different parts of the world. The essays in the book offer a critical analysis of the current state of feminist discourse and offer suggestions for moving forward. The book is an essential read for anyone interested in feminist theory, postcolonial theory, and gender studies. It is a must-read for students and scholars of social sciences, humanities, and women’s studies.
“Postcolonial Feminisms” is a timely contribution to feminist literature, challenging the universalizing claims of other feminist discourses and offering a much-needed space for the voices of women of color, immigrant women, and women from marginalized communities. The book offers a critical analysis of the current state of feminist discourse and offers suggestions for moving forward. It is an essential read for anyone interested in feminist theory, postcolonial theory, and gender studies.
REDSHINE PUBLICATION, a renowned publishing house, has yet again brought forth a seminal work in the field of feminist theory and postcolonial studies. The publication house has been at the forefront of publishing thought-provoking works in various fields, including social sciences, humanities, and literary studies. Their latest publication, “Postcolonial Feminisms,” edited by Dr. Bidisha Kantha and Shri Saumyadeep Bhattacharya, promises to be an important addition to the discourse on feminism and postcolonialism. This book is a must-read for scholars, researchers, and anyone interested in understanding the complexities of the intersections between gender, race, class, and colonialism in our society.
The book is available for purchase on Amazon in both paperback format. https://www.amazon.in/dp/1387453858
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