The Emergence of Gender Scholarship in South Africa – reflections on Southern Theory

 

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dc.contributor.author Morrell, Robert
dc.contributor.author Clowes, Lindsay
dc.date.accessioned 2016-08-30T06:33:46Z
dc.date.available 2016-08-30T06:33:46Z
dc.date.issued 2016-06
dc.identifier.citation Morrell, R. & Clowes, L. (2016). The Emergence of Gender Scholarship in South Africa – reflections on Southern Theory. CSSR Working Paper No. 381. Centre for Social Science Research, University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-77011-368-8 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/21594
dc.description.abstract The late 20th century saw a steep rise in published works on gender in South Africa. This article analyses the production of gender research against a backdrop of current interest in southern theory, theory that is produced to analyse and challenge existing global knowledge inequalities. As a domain of research, South African gender writings draw both on global feminist impulses as well as national and local ones. We discuss what this means for understanding the particularity of South Africa’s gender scholarship which we trace back to the writings of Olive Schreiner at the beginning of the 20th century. In this paper we quantitatively identify the trajectory of gender research in South Africa and consider the genealogy of South African feminist writing. We show how the focus of gender research evolved noting that it sometimes was divided on grounds of race, but often was united by opposition to patriarchy which took forms of activist scholarship. We focus on a number of themes to show how feminist scholarship developed out of engagements with questions of inequality, race, class and gender. While gender research featured a strong, almost obsessive, engagement with local, South African issues which serve to give this body of work its cohesion, it also manifested divisions that reflected the very inequalities being researched. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.rights Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) *
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dc.title The Emergence of Gender Scholarship in South Africa – reflections on Southern Theory en_ZA
dc.type Working Paper en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Working paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Aids and Society Research Unit en_ZA
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