Posted by: rabiazaid | October 7, 2007

week 3 readings

The quote in the very beginning of the chapter suggests, the world being divided up into two seperate categories. Throughout the chapter the author sheds light upon the whole concept of “westernization” the whole concept of modernity being the same as being western. the several case studies done on india, china, japan show us different trends that colonisation brought upon these countries. the past and the present of the thirld and first world women. the changes that have come about in india, china are impecable.

the author shares with us that, not only were the women being colonised changed, but the white women changed as well.  also the women who refused to “return” to the “traditions” , as the author suggests “were attacked as the dupes of imperialism, manifested as western feminism”. we could all very well relate to this statement, when we judge someone who isn’t really following the “tradition” we tend to label them as being “western”. i also liked the part where the aurthor shares with us an un biased reality of the “veil” how she suggested that in different countries it was only a symbol of class rather than a religious one.

“the third world is a category produced and reproduced by capitalist imperialism” this quote from the text suggests that, as we try to “hybrid” to counter the problems, the thirld world reconstructs its’ very own identity, and we all know that in this process alot is lost, we create change, alot of what we might have held dear in our past. 

orientalism as Edward Said, suggests was a tool used by the west, where they thought the eastern were nothing but mute learners.

Towards the very end the conclusion finishes up the chapter with great hope! for us to find solutions by understanding “us” and “them” by relating what we have in common and yet seperating ourself and speaking on a broader horizon.

personally i learnt alot from this chapter, different concepts the reality of how ‘they” see “us” and how to reach on a more equal level, but as madiha quoted i would agree that ” some are definitely more equal than others “



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