Publication Details

Lyons, LT, Negotiating Difference: Singaporean Women Building an Ethics of Respect, in S. Schacht and J. Bystydzienski (eds.), Forging Radical Alliances Across Difference: Coalition Politics for the New Millennium, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, London, 2001, 177-190.


Extract: The problem of difference emerged as a significant issue in western feminist theory making during the 1980s-1990s. In response to claims that western feminism ignored the lives and voices of third world women1, attention was increasingly been placed on the need to forge broad-based coalitions that embrace difference and commonality. But, in the call to build coalitions, little work focused on the meaning of difference in the everyday lives of feminist activists; how do feminists work with women who are different to themselves? In this paper I examine the lives of women who belong to the Singaporean feminist organisation AWARE (Association of Women for Action and Research).