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Heathcote, Gina and Kula, Lucia (2023) 'Abandoning the Idealised White Subject of Legal Feminism: a manifesto for silence in a Lusophone register.' Global Constitutionalism, 12 (3). pp. 469-494.

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Abstract

Through an account of white feminisms and white privilege, this article examines the tensions between local and international knowledge frames. The article considers the possibility of a feminist approach to global constitutionalism and argues for a twofold critique: first, a feminist interrogation of the dominance of a specifically male history of Western and Anglo-European knowledge frames; and second, a self-critique within feminist approaches to global legal regimes that acknowledges the complicity of mainstream feminist tools in the racist histories of knowledge production. To this end, the article examines the space of gender expertise to explore how this can be both an aperture for plural feminist encounters and a refinement of diverse feminist approaches into a form digestible by the contours of international institutions. To explore alternative, decolonized encounters, the article centres Lusophone African feminist silence and action in Luanda, the capital of Angola. The article explores how Angolan gender relations, informal labour and histories of protest unsettle the frame of a feminist manifesto, to argue for a place for active silence as a methodology for undoing the status quo of global constitutional expectations of how knowledge arrives at the global and transnational levels.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Angola; feminist manifesto; Lusophone African feminism; racism in feminism; white feminism; white privilege; Zungeiras
SOAS Departments & Centres: School Research Centres > Centre for the Study of Colonialism, Empire and International Law
Departments and Subunits > School of Law
ISSN: 20453817
DOI (Digital Object Identifier): https://doi.org/10.1017/S2045381722000284
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2023 14:41
URI: https://eprints.soas.ac.uk/id/eprint/38589

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