Theorizing Aboriginal feminisms

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Phillips, Crystal H
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Women's Studies, c2012
Increasingly, Aboriginal women engage with feminist theory and forms of activism to carve their own space and lay a foundation for an Aboriginal feminism. I compile prominent writings of female Aboriginal authors to identify emerging theoretical strains that centre on decolonization as both theory and methodology. Aboriginal women position decolonization strategies against the intersectionality of race and sex oppression within a colonial context, which they term patriarchal colonialism. They challenge forms of patriarchal colonialism that masquerade as Aboriginal tradition and function to silence and exclude Aboriginal women from sovereignty and leadership spheres. By recalling and reclaiming the pre-colonial Aboriginal principle of egalitarianism, which included women within these spheres, they are positioned to create a hybrid feminism that locates egalitarianism within a contemporary and relevant context by combining it with human rights. In this way, Aboriginal feminism balances culture and tradition with principles of individual and collective rights.
ix, 142 leaves ; 29 cm
Indigenous women -- Canada , Feminism -- Indigenous influences , Indigenous women -- Political activity -- Canada , Feminist theory -- Canada , Dissertations, Academic