Chandra Talpade Mohanty Bibliography Maker

Chandra Talpade Mohanty (born 1955) is a Distinguished Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, Sociology, and the Cultural Foundations of Education and Dean's Professor of the Humanities at Syracuse University. Mohanty, a postcolonial and transnational feminist theorist, has argued for the inclusion of a transnational approach in exploring women’s experiences across the world. She is author of Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity (Duke University Press, 2003 and Zubaan Books, India, 2004; translated into Korean, 2005, Swedish, 2007, and Turkish, 2009, Japanese, 2012 and Italian, 2012), and co-editor of Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism (Indiana University Press, 1991), Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures (Routledge, 1997), Feminism and War: Confronting U.S. Imperialism, (Zed Press, 2008), and The Sage Handbook on Identities (coedited with Margaret Wetherell, 2010).

Her work focuses on transnational feminist theory, anti-capitalist feminist praxis, anti-racist education, and the politics of knowledge. Central to Mohanty’s transnational mission is the project of building a “non-colonizing feminist solidarity across the borders,” through an intersectional analysis of race, nation, colonialism, sexuality, class and gender.

Early life and education[edit]

Chandra Talpade Mohanty was born in 1955, in Mumbai, India.[citation needed] She has spent time in Nigeria and London. She became a US citizen and continued her education in the United States.[1]

Mohanty graduated in 1974 with honors and a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Delhi in India. She continued her education, earning a Master's degree in English in 1976. She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, from where she earned a master's degree in Education, specifically in teaching English in 1980. She continued her education in Illinois, earning a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1987. She is additionally the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate, Faculty of Social Sciences, Lund University Sweden, presented in 2008,[2] and an Honorary Doctorate in humanities from the College of Wooster, Ohio, awarded in 2012.[3] As of 2013[update], Mohanty has served as the women's studies department chair at Syracuse University. Earlier, she served as a professor of women's studies at Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.[2]

She is a member of the advisory boards of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, Transformations, The Journal of Inclusive Pedagogy and Scholarship, Feminist Africa (South Africa), Asian Women (Korea), Feminist Economics, and the Caribbean Review of Gender Studies.[4]

Overview of major works[edit]

She became known after the publication of her 1984 essay, "Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses",[5] in which she states,

The relationship between 'Woman'—a cultural and ideological composite other constructed through diverse representational discourses (scientific, literary, juridical, linguistic, cinematic, etc.)—and 'women'—real, material subjects of their collective histories—is one of the central questions the practice of feminist scholarship seeks to address."[6]

In this essay, Mohanty critiques the political project of Western feminism and its discursive construction of the category of the "Third World woman" as a generic, homogenous, victimized stereotype that Western feminists must save. Mohanty states that Western feminisms have tended to gloss over the differences between Southern women, but that the experience of oppression is incredibly diverse, and contingent upon historical, cultural, and individual reasons.[6][7] Her paper was a key work, highlighting the difficulties faced by feminists from the Third World in being heard within the broader feminist movement, and it led to a "redefining of power relationships" between feminists within the First and Third worlds.[5]

In 2003, Mohanty released her book Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity. In this work, she argues for a bridging of theory and praxis, and the personal and the political. Major themes addressed include the politics of difference, transnational solidarity building, and anticapitalist struggle against neoliberal globalization. As well as reprinting "Under Western Eyes", in the final section, "Reorienting Feminism", Mohanty offers a response to criticism of the essay, and "reiterates her belief in the possibility, indeed necessity, of building common political projects between Third World and Western feminisms".[8]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Mohanty, Chandra Talpade; Russo, Anne; and Lourdes M. Torres (1991). Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism, Indiana University Press, 338 pages. ISBN 978-0253206329
  • Mohanty, Chandra Talpade; and M. Jacqui Alexander (1996). Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures, Routledge Press, 464 pages. ISBN 978-0415912112
  • Mohanty, Chandra Talpade (2003). Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity, Duke University Press Books, 300 pages.. ISBN 978-0822330219
  • Mohanty, Chandra Talpade; Riley, Robin L.; and Minnie Bruce Pratt (2008). Feminism and War: Confronting U.S. Imperialism, Zed Books, 280 pages. ISBN 978-1848130180
  • Mohanty, Chandra Talpade; Wetherell, M. (2010). Sage Handbook of Identities, U.K: Sage Publications. ISBN 978-1412934114

See also[edit]


  1. ^Formes, Malia. (2005) "Review of Mohanty, Chandra Talpade, Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity". H-Women, H-Net Reviews. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  2. ^ ab"Chandra Talpade Mohanty". Syracuse University. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  3. ^Finn, John. (May 15, 2012). "College of Wooster's Class of 2012 Receives Final Instructions for the Journey Ahead", Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  4. ^"Chandra Talpade Mohanty"(PDF). Social Justice Initiative. 
  5. ^ abDua, Ena; Trotz, Alissa. (2002). "Transnational Pedagogy: Doing Political Work in Women's Studies". Atlantis 26:2. p66"
  6. ^ abMohanty, Chandra Talpade. (1984). "Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses". Boundary 2. 12:3-13:1. pp. 333-358.
  7. ^Felski, Rita. (1997) "The Doxa of Difference". Signs, 23:1. pp. 1-21
  8. ^Thobani, Sunera. (2005). "Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity (review)", Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. 20:3. pp 221-224.

“Mohanty’s book is a great contribution to the moment of the internationalization of women’s studies. Her critique of Eurocentrism, racism, and imperialism is especially valuable and relevant in the context of geopolitical inequalities based in the hegemony of the United States and the exportation of U.S.-style women’s studies to other parts of the world and in our particular social context where the discourse of democracy and the liberation of women has become a partner to the imperialist intentions of the current administration in the United States.” — Minoo Moallem, Feminist Studies

“Now more than ever, the work of groundbreaking feminist and postcolonial theorist Chandra Talpade Mohanty is indispensable. Her new book, Feminism without Borders, is a collection of essays that interrogate notions of home, sisterhood, work, scholarship, and first-world feminism.” — Bitch

“The very structure of [Mohanty’s] work—dialoguing with other women’s texts, taking cognizance of material realities of women’s lives, the ardent exposition of activist battles all over the world, and most important, an insistent and overwhelming honesty in declaring her own location and history—make this book a remarkable attempt at creating a common front for feminist struggles…” — Anjali Nerlaker, XCP

"[A] breath of fresh air. . . . This book is a must-read for all feminist theorists wanting to reorient feminism towards the abolition of transnational capitalism, and to dismantle the regime of profit and wage-labour, supplanting it with the material conditions to emancipate all people from exploitation." — Anna M. Agathangelou, International Feminist Journal of Politics

"[A]n enterprising and exhaustive read for those interested in pursuing an understanding of the conditions affecting women in a global context. . . . Overall, this book is an excellent addition to the repository on feminist pedagogy and research on Third World women. I would recommend this book to scholars engaged on feminist epistemologies and especially to those pursuing comparative research on women in the Third World." — Seetha Veeraghanta, Gender and Society

"[C]ompelling. . . . The book offers insights that will appeal to feminist scholars working in a variety of disciplines, and historians may be particularly appreciative of the author's attention to historical context and change-over-time. The collection would also be appropriate for graduate students in women's studies, feminist theory, or postcolonial studies who would benefit from having so many of Mohanty's writings collected in a single volume." — Malia Formes, H-Net, H-Women

"[Mohanty's] vision of transcultural, transnational feminist solidarity is particularly important these days. . . ." — Silja J. A. Talvi, Women’s Review of Books

"[T]his collection would undoubtedly make a valuable starting point for undergraduate students wishing to gain an accessible and engaging overview of transnational feminist thought and how boundaries or borders produce particular politics and identities." — Julie Cupples, Electronic Book Review

"Feminist theory and practice is clearly shaped by one's own experiences and level of political education, e.g. vis-à-vis the enduring reality of colonialism, imperialism, and hetero-patriarchy. . . . Mohanty gives us important tools on how to understand and ultimately dismantle this complex." — Mechthild Nagel, Wagadu

"Persuasive and free of jargon, the book presents a refreshingly honest examination of transnational feminist issues. . . . [H]ere is a work that needs to be read and reflected upon and valued for the many fresh insights it offers and the new challenges it poses for feminist theorists as well as feminists." — Jasbir Jain, South Asian Review

"This book is a generous engagement with many strands of feminist and postcolonial thought. In addition to important analyses of the practices of solidarity and of feminism across borders, it offers pedagogical models for teaching women's studies and feminist theory in a globalized context while avoiding the 'Western feminist as tourist' approach. Mohanty also develops a powerful methodology for analyzing late-modern capitalism, which takes seriously the idea that 'our minds must be ready to move as capital is, to trace its paths and to imagine alternative destinations' (p. 251)." — Kathryn Trevenen, Political Theory

"This is a wonderful collection of chapters. . . . [A] coherent and satisfying read. . . . [A] remarkable consistency and continuity is derived from Mohanty's underlying theoretical and political commitment to an 'anti-racist feminism.' . . . As an example of an edited collection, this book is exemplary. As a testament to a politically committed academic life, it is inspirational. As an effort to push feminist theory and practice in antiracist, anticapitalist directions, it is uncompromising and highly persuasive. . . . Mohanty is such a theoretically rigorous, politically engaged scholar that her continued journey will undoubtedly make for fascinating reading." — Catherine Eschle, American Anthropologist

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