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Can Postcolonial Feminism Revive International Relations?

Arpita Chakraborty ( is a PhD candidate at the Ireland India Institute, Dublin City University.

International relations must distance itself from its Eurocentric and masculine moorings if it is to address its increasing irrelevance in the modern world and become more "international" and truly inclusive. The theoretical position of postcolonial feminism gives the discipline the best chance of doing so. The effect of conflict on women in Kashmir and the North East illustrates how a postcolonial feminist perspective enriches an understanding of the issue and enables international relations to reflect the lived reality of the people.

The author thanks the anonymous referee for insightful inputs which helped to improve this article. She also acknowledges the inputs of Maura Conway and Kenneth McDonagh.


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