FEMINISM AND NATIONALISM IN THE THIRD WORLD KUMARI JAYAWARDENA PDF

She earned the B. In she received a Ph. Jayawardena is the author of several books, including Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World, which was chosen for the Feminist Fortnight award in Britain in and was cited by Ms. Magazine in the USA in as one of the 20 most important books of the feminist decades Her research shows that feminism was not a foreign ideology imposed on Third World countries, but instead, it developed on its own in Asia and the Middle East as women struggled for equal rights and against the subordination of women in the home and in society in general. Specifically, she discusses the work of Katherine Mayo, Helena Blavatsky, Annie Besant, Madeleine Slade, Mirra Richard, and many others who struggled against colonialism for the betterment of all women.

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See all our Feminism and Gender reading here, as well as all our reading on Race and Ethicity. Here we present an excerpt from the Introduction. The debate on the role and status of women had of course started earlier, but in the era of imperialist and capitalist expansion the question assumed new dimensions; the growth of capitalism changed the old social order and gave birth to new classes and new strata whose women had to pose the old question in a new dynamic. In short the issue was one of democratic rights.

To foreign and local capitalists and landowners, women were the cheapest source of labour for plantations, agriculture and industry. To the colonial authorities and missionaries, local women had to be educated to be good preferably Christian wives and mothers to the professional and white-collar personnel who were being trained to man the colonial economy.

The importance of female labour under conditions of capitalist development in Asia has to be stressed. While it is true that women had toiled in the fields and plantations and domestic industries in the precapitalist phase, it was with the development of capitalism in a colonial or semi-colonial context, that they were to become available as potentially the largest and cheapest reserve army of labour.

The process of capitalist expansion also created an emerging bourgeoisie which arose partly from the needs of the imperial administration, i. While the women of the peasantry and working class were being proletarianized, those of the bourgeoisie were trained to accept new social roles in conformity with the emerging bourgeois ideology of the period. Obvious areas of violence and oppression were highlighted, such as widow burning in India, veiling, polygamy, concubinage and seclusion in Egypt, Turkey, Korea, Vietnam, Iran and Indonesia, and foot-binding in China.

For example, vestiges of matriarchy, tolerant sexual mores, polyandry and divorce by mutual consent, all of which existed in the Kandyan regions of Sri Lanka, were criticized not only by the foreign rulers and missionaries but also by men of the local bourgeoisie. Many of the reformers among the indigenous bourgeoisie were men who saw the social evils of their societies as threats to the stability of bourgeois family life, and who therefore campaigned for reform in order to strengthen the basic structures of society rather than to change them.

There was thus an in-built conservative bias in many of the reform movements. The nature of the resistance movements in these countries and of the feminist struggles within those movements varied with the balance of forces that resulted from capitalist expansion.

In most countries, they were dominated by the local bourgeoisie. Again, there were two types: those in which the bourgeoisie found it necessary to mobilize the masses in the struggle, as in India and Indonesia, and others, in which the local bourgeoisie replaced the imperialist rulers through a process of negotiation and gradual reforms as in Sri Lanka or the Philippines.

Even where women of the working classes were involved, the specific character of the struggles was determined by that of the larger struggle; equal pay and similar demands were usually their main objective. In a few countries, however, the involvement of peasants and workers in the resistance movements pushed the struggle on to a broader front. Not content with replacing the pre-capitalist or imperialist regimes with a local bourgeoisie, they aimed at a more radical transformation of society, at the establishment of a socialist society, a trend that is illustrated by the country studies of China and Vietnam.

The feminist element in these movements was able to become a revolutionary force that simultaneously helped to transform society and to improve the position of women. In this context, examples of revolutionary feminism during the early 20th century provide valuable evidence that feminism was not a diversion, a bourgeois aberration, nor a matter to be considered only after a social revolution; on the contrary, it was a process which had to be continuous and permanent during all stages of the struggle.

Mention will be made in the country studies of courageous women who consciously strove to move beyond those limits in the pursuit of goals that today would be defined as feminist, but who failed because of the lower levels of general awareness. In this engaging and well-researched survey, Kumari Jayawardena presents feminism as it originated in the Third World, erupting from the specific struggles of women fighting against colonial power, for education or the vote, for safety, and against poverty and inequality.

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See all our Feminism and Gender reading here, as well as all our reading on Race and Ethicity. Here we present an excerpt from the Introduction. The debate on the role and status of women had of course started earlier, but in the era of imperialist and capitalist expansion the question assumed new dimensions; the growth of capitalism changed the old social order and gave birth to new classes and new strata whose women had to pose the old question in a new dynamic. In short the issue was one of democratic rights. To foreign and local capitalists and landowners, women were the cheapest source of labour for plantations, agriculture and industry. To the colonial authorities and missionaries, local women had to be educated to be good preferably Christian wives and mothers to the professional and white-collar personnel who were being trained to man the colonial economy. The importance of female labour under conditions of capitalist development in Asia has to be stressed.

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Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World

Start your review of Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World Write a review Shelves: feminism , inter-war Kumari Jayawardena has done a very impressive job of sketching outlines and pointing out protagonists in feminist and nationalist struggle up to around WWII in countries exploited by "western" imperialism. These lines can be taken up individually for more extensive study elsewhere, while as a whole they form a very diverse picture with very different circumstances, cultures and activists in each of the countries discussed. The orientation here is radical. A successful movement is one that Kumari Jayawardena has done a very impressive job of sketching outlines and pointing out protagonists in feminist and nationalist struggle up to around WWII in countries exploited by "western" imperialism. A successful movement is one that revolutionises society and family life, moving towards liberation, equity and justice for all. Meanwhile, women seemed to be involved on a large scale, and respected and welcomed by men, in the fight for independence.

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Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World by Kumari Jayawardena – review

Many lecture notes crumble into dust — but not these. They were published in , and later evolved into the influential work Feminism and Nationalism in the Third World. It takes us into the lives and ideas of a host of women and men who sought reform and revolutionary transformation. Their stories leap from the page. Qiu Jin was executed by the Manchu regime in for plotting rebellion.

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