Feminist Responses towards Religious and Market Fundamentalisms

By Kaberi Gayen.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This is the age of globalisation – globalisation of capital, thought processes through information technology and fundamentalisms. Women are the first victims of the globalisation of the ‘triumph of invested capital’ and they are the worst victims of religious fundamentalisms. Women’s voice is minimal in the contemporary mainstream socio-economic, political and communicative discourses. This paper presents a comparative analysis of eastern and western forms of fundamentalisms with special emphasis on the inbuilt male-centric components of hegemonic constructions of both the fundamentalisms and how the eastern and western feminisms are addressing these issues. The paper casts light on how in the era of overwhelming information revolution, the all-controlling, and patriarchal nature of fundamentalisms and capital wash away the marginal voices and widens the gap between hegemonic discourses and the participation of women as ‘others’ in that process. The paper suggests that despite significant differences between various streams of feminisms in the eastern and western perspectives, women movements throughout the world demands a three-sided fight: against religious fundamentalisms, against all powerful capital, and for democracy.

Keywords: Fundamentalisms, Feminisms, Neo-liberal Capital, Communicative Discourses, Public Sphere, Participatory Democracy

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 12, pp.15-26. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 849.551KB).

Dr. Kaberi Gayen

Associate Professor, Department of Mass Communication and Journalism, University of Dhaka, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Dr. Gayen is an expert in communication research and has published widely in the area and undertaken research for the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, the People’s Republic of Bangladesh for advising on communications policy. Dr Gayen is an associate professor of Mass Communication and Journalism at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her main research areas include social network analysis, gender, and theories of communication.


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