INTERCULTURAL FEMINIST PRACTICES IN ITALY: CHALLENGING STEREOTYPED AND OTHERING IMAGES OF MIGRANT WOMEN

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  • Erika Bernacchi

Resumo

Feminist postcolonial authors criticised the tendency of mainstream western feminism to represent 'third world' women as necessarily less emancipated than western women and to describe their cultural practices in an othering way, without holding their own culture up to the same scrutiny. From this idea stems a paternalistic and patronising attitude that locates western women in a “position to liberate their less fortunate sisters, especially those in the 'Third World'”. (hooks, 2000: 45). In light of these reflections, this article investigates to what extent selected women’s intercultural associations in Italy have been able to counter dominant discourses that see migrant women as necessarily needy and deprived or as a sign of cultural difference. The research confronts the associations' mission statements with the practices and relationships that emerged from the interviews. It focuses first on power sharing within the associations and the relevance of patronizing attitudes on the part of Italian-born women. Secondly the article explores how associations addressed the notion of cultural difference by focusing on the specific issues of Islamic veiling practices and female genital mutilations. Finally it investigates the possible value of cross-cultural comparisons on practices detrimental to women in the promotion of intercultural feminist practices.

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Biografia do Autor

Erika Bernacchi

Atualmente é estudante da Universidade Federal da Paraíba, exerceu por 1 ano e 5 meses a monitoria em Direitos Humanos através do Programa de Iniciação a Docência, estudante pesquisador voluntário do Programa de Iniciação Cientifica com pesquisa sobre políticas públicas para as mulheres, estudante pesquisador em projeto de pesquisa financiado pelo CNPQ com tema na área de políticas públicas de gênero, participou da extensão universitária sobre sistemas interamericano de direitos humanos, membro do NEPGED e atuou como estagiário na Procuradoria Federal na Advocacia Geral da União (AGU). Atualmente é estudante pesquisador bolsista do Programa de Iniciação Cientifica com pesquisa sobre os direitos econômicos, sociais e culturais nas cortes internacionais de direitos humanos, atua como estagiário no escritório de advocacia empresarial, integrada a Equipe Editorial como Apoio técnico da Revista Gênero & Direito (G&D) e Revista do Instituto de Pesquisas Perspectivas e Novos Desafios de humanização do Direito Civil- Constitucional, Membro do Instituto de Pesquisas Perspectivas e Novos Desafios de humanização do Direito Civil- Constitucional, criador do site nepged.com e ufpb.br/idcc.

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Publicado

2015-08-20

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BERNACCHI, E. INTERCULTURAL FEMINIST PRACTICES IN ITALY: CHALLENGING STEREOTYPED AND OTHERING IMAGES OF MIGRANT WOMEN. Gênero & Direito, [S. l.], v. 4, n. 2, 2015. Disponível em: https://periodicos.ufpb.br/index.php/ged/article/view/25318. Acesso em: 20 abr. 2024.

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International Journal