Under Western Eyes by Chandra Talpade Mohanty (1984) argues that feminist scholarly practices carry implicit power structures that complicate ideas of feminist (political) coalitions between western (white) feminists and the rest of the world. Mohanty writes about the effective colonization created by western feminist scholarship of the lives of women in different “classes, religions, cultures, races, and castes.” Mohanty seeks to reveal how this type of scholarship is subversive in order to identify the limitations of western feminist scholarship. In general, this article speaks to the gaze of the white western world and its problems.
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