Séminaire, Séminaire international

Herjeet MARWAY, University of Birmingham, Royaume-Uni

le 26 mars 2020
10h30 à 12h
How progressive are multi-dimensional accounts of autonomy? Transnational feminist critiques, and commercial surrogacy

Multidimensional accounts of autonomy offer multiple, rather than unitary, dimensions along which to measure autonomy, and generate nuanced, degree-based theories of autonomy. Despite this, transnational feminists – those theorising feminism in light of postcolonialism and global neoliberalism – may raise concerns about these kinds of accounts for women of colour nonetheless. These include: the extent to which Western concepts apply to non-Western women, assumptions about emancipation, and implicit individualism. Sympathetic to both views, I argue multidimensional accounts can be salvaged from such critiques with two amendments: 1) becoming (weakly) constitutively relational; and 2) including intersectional identities. Using commercial surrogacy as an example, I show how these amendments to autonomy might better serve these women and become a tool for feminist solidarity.  


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