Global Feminism

Christine M. Koggel

in The Oxford Handbook of World Philosophy

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780195328998
Published online September 2011 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Global Feminism


The concept “global feminism” is less about describing a common set of commitments or beliefs shared by “global” feminists than it is about providing a critical perspective on Western feminism as a theory and movement. This article is organized as follows. Section 2 provides a general account of feminism as a way to capture what is common to all feminists and kinds of feminism as well as where differences emerge. Section 3 uses this sketch of some of the history of feminism in the United States to explain the charge of false universalizing that emerged from within feminism. Section 4 outlines key features of a feminist theory and movement that moves beyond false universalizing or generalizing from the experiences of one group of women to all women. Section 5 describes features of the contemporary global context that are relevant to descriptions of kinds of oppression and to the feminist goal of alleviating women's oppression in its multilayered and multifaceted forms. The article concludes with a summary of insights central to a global feminism and some examples of globalized networks of feminist movements and initiatives.

Keywords: feminist theory; feminist movement; universalizing; Western feminism

Article.  6008 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy

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