Worlds of Knowing: Global Feminist Epistemologies by Jane Duran

By Jane Duran

Jane Duran's Worlds of realizing starts off to fill a big hole within the literature of feminist epistemology: a wide-ranging, cross-cultural primer on worldviews and epistemologies of assorted cultures and their appropriations by way of indigenous feminist pursuits in these cultures. it's the a lot wanted epistemological counterpart to paintings on cross-cultural feminist social and political philosophy. This undertaking is actually breath-taking in scope, but a workable learn for someone with a few heritage in feminist thought, background, or anthropology. Duran attracts many comparisons and connections to Western philosophical and feminist rules, but avoids facile or imperialistic over-universalization. Her e-book is robust, finished, and courageous. it is going to turn out an greatly resource for students in women's experiences, philosophy, anthropology, non secular reports and heritage.

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Lf Flood also makes it clear that, in contrast to the more standard aspects of high-caste ritual, what he refers to as "left-handed" tantrism-a still more recondite school within tantrism itself-has an intriguing overview of women. "19 Furthermore, in contrast to much of the rest of the entire Hindu tradition, it is within tantrism that there is a school of female renouncers, revered as teachers and dwelling at sacred sites. 20 Tantrism then, however occult its teachings may appear both to Westerners and to some Hindus, seems to be the space within the practice of Hindu ritual that most encompasses a thoroughgoing gynocentrism in the sense 32 Worlds of Knowing that the hypothesized shakti of female energy is actually encompassed in practice and in a way in which women can participate.

39 Thus, as Gupta recounts, in this particular election the outcome was alleged to have occurred through cheating, by use of multiple voting. The multiple voters were supposed to have been women, who were unknown to the voting agent because he was insufficiently familiar with the village to be able to recognize covered women by sight. Gupta 's report on the election, which ocurred within the last decade, helps illuminate the conundrums surrounding the status of women of the Northern India and Its Cultures 39 north today.

S- Nevertheless, as has already been remarked, the movement has to deal with a number of issues simultaneously, not the least of which is the notion that it is an "imported" movement that has little to do with the reality of most women's lives, or, indeed, with the cultures of India. 44 Although there are a number of foci for the movement-the three areas mentioned above are crucial, as is the current battle over amniocentesiswork on two or three may be taken as exemplary. As I will argue in the next section, in many cases women are employing aspects of the culture that are already known and used in other contexts-including aspects that might be deemed to be epistemic, metaphysical, or traditionally mythographicalto try to fight against some of the degradation inherent in the daily life Northern India and Its Cultures 41 of Indian women.

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