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The local is global: third wave feminism, peace, and social justice

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We offer an overview of third wave feminist thought and discuss its relationship to movements of peace and social justice on intrapersonal, interpersonal, societal, and global levels. We specifically highlight the possibilities of peace within a 'personal is political' ideology, a key aspect of third wave feminism. The sharing of personal narratives and emphasizing relationships within and across culture generates spaces of political awareness, offering opportunities for increased communication. Through understanding the self and becoming aware of multiplicities of experience in an increasingly globalized world, and by advocating justice on a local level, dialogue toward acceptance and peace is more fully realized. While all experiences are valid to participate in the dialogue, we maintain a disavowal of violent action. By embracing an ethos of choice and voice for all human beings through dialogue, social justice becomes an action for bodies of people rather than action upon bodies of people.

Keywords: awareness; dialogue; globalization; peace; social justice; third wave feminism

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada 2: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

Publication date: 2009-03-01

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