Feminist scholarship and the public realm in postcolonial Australia

By Raewyn Connell



This paper explores the connections of feminist scholarship in the social sciences with political struggles and institutions. The creation of bases for a feminist knowledge project is outlined and its uses in challenging sexist culture and in developing agendas of reform are explored. The impact of neoliberalism and the significance of Australia's location in the global periphery for the shape of the public realm and the character of feminist research are discussed. The resource represented by feminist scholarship across the global South for understanding contemporary forms of patriarchy is emphasised.

Citation: Connell, R. (2014). Feminist scholarship and the public realm in postcolonial Australia. Australian Feminist Studies, 29(80), 215-230.

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