Shifting Tides: Transnationalizing Feminist Communication Theory

Dare, Alexa
November 2007
Conference Papers -- National Communication Association;2007, p1
Conference Paper
This essay represents an attempt to make sense of the wide and ranging field of feminist communication theory in a way that both honors the diversity of the field, as well as delineates pathways through the field that lead to the most fruitful spaces of engagement for scholars interested in questions of culture and communication in the context of globalization. To do this, I trace the shifting discourses of transnational feminism and in so doing I document the power dynamics, the hegemonies, and the forces which have made certain shifts necessary, made others possible, and made it much more difficult to "shift back," in certain cases. I begin this essay with an introduction to two revealing debates in the literature in order to provide an orientation to some of the foundational questions and tensions that continue to shape feminist inquiry across multiple disciplinary and topical contexts. I then describe the calls for and subsequent moves toward globalizing feminism, and I identify some of the key discursive shifts associated with the growth of transnational feminism. I conclude with a discussion of the specific contributions that transnational feminism can bring to feminist communication research. ..PAT.-Unpublished Manuscript


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