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By Morwenna Griffiths

What does the politics of the self suggest for a politics of liberation? Morwenna Griffiths argues that mainstream philosophy, rather the anglo-analytic culture, must take on the problems of the self, identification, autonomy and self production. even if identification has been a vital quandary of feminist notion it has broadly speaking been excluded from philosophical analysis.
Feminisms and the Self is either a critique and a development of feminist philosophy. After the robust demanding situations that postmodernism and poststructuralism posed to liberation events like feminism, Griffiths e-book is an unique and well timed contribution to present debate surrounding the proposal of id and subjectivity.

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Theorising is, necessarily, a process of abstraction. If the 36 FEMINISMS AND THE SELF context from which the abstraction has occurred is unfamiliar, then the abstraction will be doubly difficult to understand, let alone to consider critically. A British feminist philosopher, Anne Seller, discusses how she came to understand what possibilities she had for dialogue within an Indian women’s university and the place of theorising within that dialogue: At best such theories [gender equality] provide a platform from which to view the problem.

The emotion expressed by Gorbaneh shomah proved a little easier. I am unable to translate it in the short phrases that I used to explain gemutlich and sympathique. The literal meaning is ‘I’ll be your sacrifice’, but this is simply not a sentence that can be used in everyday speech in English. However, once I started to use it, I found it easy. I was not aware of making the mistakes I made with khejalat. I must have been expressing something, but not something that is easy to say in English. Perhaps learning these words required taking part in the dayto-day social interactions typical in Iran?

She had short hair. I had no obvious way of knowing if she was a boy or a girl. To my private embarrassment I found that I found the conversation went more easily the moment that I managed to fix her sex, which I did within a few minutes. Plainly I was doing something in my normal behaviour that depends on the sex of the child I am talking to, even though I would claim not to be adding to gender stereotypes by treating the boys and girls differently for no particular reason. When I tell these stories to the practising teachers who are my education students they laugh with recognition, often adding similar stories of their own.

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