Are Human Rights African Rights?
The Transformative Power of the 'Local'
November 8, 2018, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Océane Jasor, Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology in conversation with Kimberley Manning, Simone de Beauvoir Institute.
From the abstract: Complicating Transnational Discourses of Gender Justice: Lessons from South Africa
Informed by ethnographic data gathered within a men’s organization working to achieve gender justice, prevent gender-based violence and reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS in South Africa, this presentation illustrates how discourses of a new global gender order are negotiated among South African women and men. Data collected in South African communities demonstrate that structural constraints, generational subjectivities, and cultural discourses intersect in profound ways to complicate human rights ideals. It also shows that development programming that effaces marks of difference – classed, raced, generational, and cultural – is met with tensions, especially in contexts characterized by extreme economic and racial inequalities, cultural marginalization and social oppression. Therefore, analyzing the interrelationship between global development tactics and agency in the margins demands that we grapple with disruptions and renegotiations that emerge in marginalized spaces, and a subsequent multiplicity of meanings. By enabling a wider range of subjects, spaces, traditions, and experiences to be brought into analyses of gender justice, this piece highlights the “ambiguous positionings” (Frenkel 2008) that are central to African feminist scholarship, and resists a straightforward assimilation of African feminist organizing into a global gender justice agenda.
Room LB-362, J.W. McConnell Building (1400 De Maisonneuve W.), Sir George Williams Campus
Océane Jasor, Kimberley Manning
Department of Sociology and Anthropology
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