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Empire, Media, and the Autonomous WomanA Feminist Critique of Postcolonial Thought$
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Esha Niyogi De

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780198072553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198072553.001.0001

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Women, Decolonization, and Autonomy

(p.197) Conclusion
Empire, Media, and the Autonomous Woman

Esha Niyogi De

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter looks at the contextual studies of the transcultural autonomous self within the current debate on humanism between poststructuralist/postmodern and liberal feminist thinkers. It states that a study of the autonomous person as an agent of decolonization is able to identify gender and women's issues. The concept of sexual justice is examined. Moreover, it looks at the different indigenous feminist thinkers who have embarked on a transcultural and multilayered conceptions of woman-centered autonomy. The chapter also discusses the conception of a woman as an individual and men and women's conceptions of autonomy. The author also argues that the feminists who continuously struggle to decolonize the neoliberal world would find that the Enlightenment's emancipatory hope in the autonomous person is extremely helpful.

Keywords:   contextual studies, transcultural autonomous self, debate on humanism, liberal feminist thinkers, sexual justice, indigenous feminist thinkers, woman-centered autonomy, autonomy, gender and women's issues

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