Krishnadas, J (2020) Feminist Legal Engagements towards a Transformative Justice. In: Leading Works in Law and Social Justice. Routledge, pp. 99-109. (Submitted)

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Menon’s foundational book ‘Recovering Subversion, Feminist Politics Beyond the Law’ (2004) presents a critical feminist postcolonial contribution to deconstruct the concept of universal rights and law as a tool of constructing and safeguarding the autonomous individual legal subject within a constructed public and private legal framework; to ask whether feminist legal engagements can be transformative? This question has become critical in relation to Menon’s recent silencing of women’s voices in ‘The List’ on the basis of not engaging with the long-term feminist struggle for ‘due process’, yet seemingly contradicting her own commitment to ‘think creatively about new forms of political engagement that are located in realms we have not seriously engaged with’ (p.239). This chapter maps how Menon’s book has informed my ‘transformative methodology’ (Krishnadas, 2008), to centre and listen to women’s experience, and to dismantle the processes and systems which marginalise and erode women’s voices. This methodology challenges and reconstructs conceptions of agency, capacity and location of the rights bearer within the plurality of legal systems, beyond ‘due process’, to highlight what may be understood as the most invaluable tool in feminist critical theory; to listen to the plurality of women’s voices to create new agencies, capacity and spaces to transform justice.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ1101 Women. Feminism
K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Law
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2020 16:19
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2022 12:58

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