Across east and west: Third wave feminism as a traveling theory

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Originated in the U.S. context, third wave feminism has traveled in different communities of practices and cultural locations. I am interested in exploring the production, distribution, and reception of third wave feminism in different sites of knowledge production such as academic publishing practices, conferences, and classrooms as it travels across geopolitical borders, and more specifically, between East and West. Therefore, this paper will first interrogate the processes through which "third wave feminism" is formed and disseminated within a cross-cultural framework. Second, the paper will analyze how third wave feminism is brought into friction and dialogue with local experiences so as to enable identifications and disidentifications. In other words, this paper will examine how the meanings, expressions, and implications of "third wave feminism" have intersected and diverged for women in various global locations. Ultimately this paper will explore the possibilities and limits of third wave feminism as a new form of transnational alliance in a world of increasing cross-border movements and cross-cultural contacts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-84
Number of pages20
JournalAsian Women
Issue number28
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science


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