Sexuate Difference, Sovereignty and Colonialism: Reading Luce Irigaray with Irene Watson

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Abstract

In a 1996 article exploring Irigarayan sexuate rights Gail Schwab asks a question, posed from a US perspective which seems eerily relevant today, ‘are we really now, have we ever been, a democracy?’(Schwab, 1996). I was born in a country that was not a democracy. I grew up in a country where the violent struggle for democracy engulfed us all. Two years before Gail Schwab’s paper was published, in 1994, the country transitioned to democracy, the ‘New South Africa’, ‘The Rainbow Nation’. This transition is seen largely by people outside of the country as a peaceful successful transition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-168
Number of pages18
JournalSophia: International Journal For Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics
Volume61
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2022

Keywords

  • Sexuate Difference
  • Sovereignty
  • Colonialism
  • Luce Irigaray

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