Feminist Critical Methodology, Peace, and Social Change

Catia Cecilia Confortini

in Intelligent Compassion

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199845231
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199979875 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Gender and International Relations

Feminist Critical Methodology, Peace, and Social Change

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The central theoretical arguments of the manuscript are outlined in this chapter. This chapter starts with a discussion of the limitations of understanding feminist debates about peace around equality/difference divides. It then grounds my theoretical analysis in a constructivist ontology of social construction and suggest the need to move beyond epistemological and ontological differences to focus on methodology to develop a theory of emancipatory agency. After describing what feminists would require of such a theory, the chapter draws on Brooke Ackerly’s influential methodology of Third World Feminist Social Criticism (TWFSC), highlighting its contributions and weaknesses for a theory of emancipatory agency. The chapter suggests that its methodological tools are critical to compel openness to new questions, self-reflection on power dynamics, and continuous self-assessment. They are, however, incomplete to induce action in the direction of emancipation. The chapter thus develops my alternative account.

Keywords: feminism; feminism; critical theory; Third World feminist social criticism; critical methodology; international relations; emancipation; social change

Chapter.  3626 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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