This article contends that feminism ― either Western or non-Western ― falls short of tracing the formation of women’s subjectivity in present-day Afghanistan. Building on a preliminary discussion of her ethnographic work with widows, the author argues that the conceptual tools used for the understanding of Afghanistan urgently need to be reassessed. At the same time, A. Daulatzai suggests that the lives of Afghans also need to be situated within the larger social, historical, political and economic webs of significance ― and that, in order to be “closer to the pain of those to suffer,” notions like agency and freedom should prevail on more global, still understudied ideas of gender and culture.

The Redaction
CER: II-6.4.B-510