Title: Responsibility Towards Inclusivity: Gender Understanding of Yet Another Kind
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation
Meera Chakravorty, Jain University, India
It is well known that many of the great theorists in different studies of social sciences and other disciplines have possibly never adequately based their enquiry on gender, and this may be symptomatic of the problem that has concerned us all along. Students of women's studies may claim that they have systematically and methodologically treated the gender concept. Still, it is important to note that we have failed to have our discourses properly on the ideas and practices of those people/communities, who have been conspicuous by their absence in the concrete analysis of history and society since they are considered as not belonging to the fixed definition of the so-called mainstream category describing gender. Accordingly, a study may be considered a response to this disparity. To prove critical we may possibly explore the philosophical and other sources that might take an epistemological gap between practice and concept as a context to reflect on the adequacy of an alternative perception. The reflection may also help develop an internal critique of the existing gender theory. I believe that the encounter with people who are trans-people, transsexuals or transvestites, or trans-genders as the rest of the society terms them, can generate something different and authentic to the perspective of Women's studies. It would be an inadequate and incomprehensible comment on our supposed knowledge if the gender theory as developed in our studies fail to apply to people belonging to yet another gender and an internal critique.
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