Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Lenses of indigenous feminism: Digging up the roots of Western patriarchy in "Perma Red" and "Monkey Beach"
by CampBell, Pamela Kay, M.A., The University of Arizona, 2012, 122; 1531669
Abstract (Summary)

Western patriarchy has become deeply ingrained in Indigenous Nations. Patriarchal ideology takes many harmful forms in Indigenous communities, most notably sexism, misogyny, family violence, and violence against women. Indigenous feminists are identifying and resisting patriarchy in Indigenous communities. However, Western patriarchy is so deeply rooted that many people believe it has always been there. Additionally, several Indigenous people resist all forms of feminism, believing the word "feminist" is synonymous with "white," and therefore suspicious. In order to increase trust in Indigenous feminisms, it must be proved that Indigenous feminist theories stand up to scrutiny. The characters in Debra Earling's Perma Red and Eden Robinson's Monkey Beach, particularly the protagonists Louise White Elk and Lisa Hill, are negatively affected by Western patriarchal ideology in their communities. By examining these texts through Indigenous feminist lenses, my thesis seeks to prove that Indigenous feminisms are viable additions to Indigenous Studies.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Washburn, Frances
Commitee: Fatzinger, Amy, Fox, Mary Jo
School: The University of Arizona
Department: American Indian Studies
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, American literature, Native American studies
Keywords: Feminism, Indigenous, Native Americans, Patriarchy, Violence
Publication Number: 1531669
ISBN: 9781267844125
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