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Catia Cecilia Confortini

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199845231

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845231.001.0001

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Feminist Critical Methodology, Peace, and Social Change

Feminist Critical Methodology, Peace, and Social Change

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(p.19) Chapter 2 Feminist Critical Methodology, Peace, and Social Change
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Intelligent Compassion
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Catia Cecilia Confortini

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199845231.003.0002

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

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