Against the Grain

Colonialism and Gender Today

Can we understand gender relations in today’s neoliberal world without understanding colonialism? As Raka Ray points out, colonialism put in place new understandings about gender and gender relations, many of which continue to affect how people in countries like India think and interact and are governed. Colonialism and its legacies have also influenced how feminists in the Global South and their counterparts in the Global North view and treat each other. (Encore presentation.)

Messerschmidt et al., eds., Gender Reckonings: New Social Theory and Research NYU Press, 2018


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