Feminist Scholarship and Its Relevance for Political Engagement: The Test Case of Abortion

Title:
Feminist Scholarship and Its Relevance for Political Engagement: The Test Case of Abortion
Authors:
Kamitsuka, Margaret D.
Abstract:
This essay explores how gender studies in academe, including in religious studies, might remain relevant to ongoing feminist political engagement. I explore some specific dynamics of this challenge, using as my test case the issue of abortion in the U.S. After discussing how three formative feminist principles (women’s experience as feminism’s starting point, the personal is political, and identity politics) have shaped approaches to the abortion issue for feminist scholars in religion, I argue that ongoing critique, new theoretical perspectives, and attentiveness to subaltern voices are necessary for these foundational feminist principles to keep pace with fast-changing and complex societal dynamics relevant to women’s struggles for reproductive health and justice. The essay concludes by proposing ‘natality’ as a helpful concept for future feminist theological and ethical thinking on the subject.
Citation:
Kamitsuka, Margaret D. 2011. "Feminist Scholarship and Its Relevance for Political Engagement: The Test Case of Abortion." Religion And Gender: Online Journal For The Systematic Study Of Religion And Gender In An Interdisciplinary Perspective 1(1): 18-43.
DATE ISSUED:
2011
Department:
Religion
Type:
article
PUBLISHED VERSION:
10.18352/rg.2
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309496

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dc.contributor.authorKamitsuka, Margaret D.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:10:53Zen
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:10:53Zen
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.identifier.citationKamitsuka, Margaret D. 2011. "Feminist Scholarship and Its Relevance for Political Engagement: The Test Case of Abortion." Religion And Gender: Online Journal For The Systematic Study Of Religion And Gender In An Interdisciplinary Perspective 1(1): 18-43.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309496en
dc.description.abstractThis essay explores how gender studies in academe, including in religious studies, might remain relevant to ongoing feminist political engagement. I explore some specific dynamics of this challenge, using as my test case the issue of abortion in the U.S. After discussing how three formative feminist principles (women’s experience as feminism’s starting point, the personal is political, and identity politics) have shaped approaches to the abortion issue for feminist scholars in religion, I argue that ongoing critique, new theoretical perspectives, and attentiveness to subaltern voices are necessary for these foundational feminist principles to keep pace with fast-changing and complex societal dynamics relevant to women’s struggles for reproductive health and justice. The essay concludes by proposing ‘natality’ as a helpful concept for future feminist theological and ethical thinking on the subject.en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.18352/rg.2en_US
dc.subject.departmentReligionen_US
dc.titleFeminist Scholarship and Its Relevance for Political Engagement: The Test Case of Abortionen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalReligion And Gender: Online Journal For The Systematic Study Of Religion And Gender In An Interdisciplinary Perspectiveen_US
dc.subject.keywordAbortionen_US
dc.subject.keywordFeministen_US
dc.identifier.volume1en_US
dc.identifier.issue1en_US
dc.identifier.startpage18en_US
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