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Eros of International Relations – Self-Feminizing and the Claiming of Postcolonial Chineseness - Hong Kong Scholarship Online
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Eros of International Relations: Self-Feminizing and the Claiming of Postcolonial Chineseness

Chih-yu Shih


The power of feminist critiques and the quest for non-Western international relations share one epistemological caveat in practice. Namely, there is a tendency toward resistance that usually invokes binary thinking, informed by strategic essentialism. Consequently, femininity fails to deconstruct masculinity despite the widespread attention it has attracted. Rather, it is involved in a battle that ironically privileges masculinity. Using the concept of “self-feminizing”—the adoption of a feminine identity to oblige and achieve mutual caring as a relational strategy—Eros of International Relat ... More

Keywords: Self feminization, Self romanticization, International relations theory, Postcolonial feminism, China studies, Taiwan, Self/other Binary, National identity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2022 Print ISBN-13: 9789888754045
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888754045.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Chih-yu Shih, author
National Taiwan University