Two recent feminist books dealing with white women in colonial societies (Fiji and Nigeria) identify ways in which women's experiences are neglected in mainstream accounts of colonialism. They utilise a women-centered approach to examine the complexities of colonialism, particularly its gendered aspects. The paper is a detailed critique of problems and issues in this basic approach: it fails to locate class divisions between both colonial and colonised groups of women; more importantly, by centering white women this approach actually serves to ungender the colonised people and contribute to silencing colonised women. The implications for a women's studies analysis of colonialism are considered.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Women's Studies International Forum|
|Publication status||Published - 1990|