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French feminism vs Anglo-American feminism : a reconstruction.

Gambaudo, S. A. (2007) 'French feminism vs Anglo-American feminism : a reconstruction.', European journal of women's studies., 14 (2). pp. 93-108.


This article opens with the questioning of a now established scholarly category, `French feminism'. It proposes that theoretical and polemical understandings of `French feminism' have been founded on an opposition to its counterpart, `Anglo-American feminism'. The measure of this opposition has been defined mostly as geographical, linguistic and cultural. But underneath such constructions often lies the old sameness vs difference debate that has captivated feminism since the suffragettes. The article argues for a less oppositional and less discounting definition of the two strands of feminism. It proposes to read oppositional classifications as motivation for a dialogue addressed to the `other ' of theoretical constructs; questioning the likelihood of foregoing oppositional classification.

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Keywords:Anglo-American, Difference, Feminism, French, Other, Otherness.
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