Feminist Review Issue 56: Debating Discourses, Practising by The Feminist Review Collective

By The Feminist Review Collective

Debating Discourses, training Feminisms brings jointly overseas debates at the discourses and practices of up to date feminisms. Discussions variety throughout conflicting analyses of gender and politics on the UN convention at Beijing; nationalism and spiritual clash in modern India; Re-imaginings of technological know-how and subjectivity in anglophone technological know-how fiction; and the political and highbrow complexities at stake within the venture of lesbian stories within the united kingdom. Contributions from those varied fields come jointly to offer serious awareness to the advanced terrain of Feminism within the Nineteen Nineties.

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UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME (1995) Human Development Report New York: UNDP. WORLD BANK (1995) ‘Toward gender equality: the role of public policy’ Development in Practice Washington: World Bank. YOUNG, Kate , WOLKOWITZ, Carol and McCULLOGH, Ros (1981) Of Marriage and the Market: Women’s Subordination in International Perspective London: CSE Books. ’ Towards a Feminist Analysis of Childhood and Nationhood in Contemporary India Purnima Mankekar Abstract This article examines the discourses of the Indian state and of community élites during battles for the custody of a young Muslim girl, Ameena, who was ‘rescued’ from a marriage with an elderly Arab.

Demanding a high-level probe, the MP insisted that a well-established ‘racket’ existed in which ‘not one but many persons were involved in the sale of girls to wealthy Arab sheikhs’ (Times FEMINIST REVIEW NO 56, SUMMER 1997 37 of India, 13 August 1991). 8 For instance, Islamic scholar Professor Tahir Mahmood made a public statement in which he insisted that ‘the exploitation of young Indian girls by foreigners cannot be allowed under any pretext and stringent action should be taken against the guilty’ (Hindustan Times, 21 August 1991).

The judge argued that Ameena had to be protected from her parents because, he asserted, if her parents had ‘been [a] little vigilant and would have kept their family limited to two or three children this situation could have been averted’ (Hindustan Times, 6 September 1991). This statement drew, on the one hand, on discourses of class in which the poor are construed as reproducing themselves and, thus, posing a burden on the strained resources of a developing nation. Second, this formulation drew on and reinforced communal and Hindu nationalist representations of Muslims who, allegedly, ‘breed like rabbits’ and will thus soon outnumber the majority Hindu community.

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