Beyond the Politics of Location The Power of Argument in a Global Era


Walby, Sylvia. 2000. “Beyond the Politics of Location The Power of Argument in a Global Era.” Feminist Theory 1 (2): 189–206. doi:10.1177/14647000022229155.

Author: Sylvia Walby


Within recent feminist theorizing the significance of social location has been overestimated, while the power of argument has been underestimated. We do not need to retreat to notions of ‘story-telling’ as the strongest claim to knowledge possible by feminist analysis. Rather, we should draw on the power of argument. This article addresses some dilemmas in debates around the projects of recognition, redistribution and transformation, and the claims to knowledge made in each. Further, it argues for the integration of the concerns of equality and difference. The theoretical argument is supported by examples drawn from practical politics, including the development of democratic procedures, postcolonialism, the UNDP indicators sometimes used in development policy and suffrage movements.

Topics: Feminisms, Gender, Political Economies

Year: 2000

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