Carly Guest's Becoming Feminist: Narratives and Memories PDF

By Carly Guest

ISBN-10: 1137531800

ISBN-13: 9781137531803

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ISBN-13: 9781137531810

This publication deals a singular, distinct and delicate exploration of women's engagement with feminism. targeted at the issues of generations, desire, feelings and belonging, each one bankruptcy attends to the categorical and specific practices of 'becoming feminist' through a sequence of available case experiences. Adopting a theoretical and methodological specialise in narrative and reminiscence, this unique and soaking up paintings analyses a few of the and intricate ways that feminism and its histories are got and processed through a few feminist ladies at the present time. Its specialize in the specificity of expertise disrupts overarching narratives of feminism and its histories, while acknowledging that such narratives are frequently used to maintain, guard and retain a safe feminist identity.In doing so, it develops a becoming physique of labor enthusiastic about the relationships ladies forge to feminism’s pasts, offers and futures, with a special specialise in the tales feminist girls inform approximately their lives. it is going to entice scholars and students of sociology, psychosocial reports, gender stories, women's stories and cultural reviews.

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Whilst these provide short-hand, bounded accounts, they are invariably simplified, unitary and exclusionary. The often inadequate exploration of the complexities of feminist activity perhaps suggests that feminism as praxis will always evade comprehensive retellings. These will often employ familiar metaphors and narratives as a means of telling a story that can be easily understood. Any attempt to use overarching narratives to encapsulate the distinctive emotional, personal and political encounters, both fleeting and long lasting, that feminist thought and activity encompasses will inevitably fail to com- 2 Narratives and Memories of Feminism 21 municate fully their complex specificities.

These women deconstructed the privileging of one aspect of experience as representative of the whole (Brah and Phoenix 2004). The work of black feminist theorists explored the intersections of gender, ‘race’ and class in women’s everyday lives (Anthias and Yuval-Davis 1983; Anthias 1998; Collins 2000). ’ (Truth 1851/2004), in the work of abolitionist Harriet Jacobs (1861/2001) and Anna Julia Cooper (1892/1988). 2 Narratives and Memories of Feminism 27 Sara Ahmed (2012) argues that the depiction of third-wave, poststructuralist feminists as those that embraced and enacted intersectionality silences the many black and ethnic minority women who were thinking through these issues prior to feminism’s engagement with poststructuralism.

2004) use the term ‘storied selves’ to express the compulsion to tell stories about our lives. Stories that, although often 2 Narratives and Memories of Feminism 35 experienced as deeply personal, are always collectively and relationally formed. In offering a sense of continuity, narrative processes have the capacity to enable individuals and collectives to experience fragmentary and conflicted events, as socially and culturally recognisable (Bruner 1987; Salmon and Riessman 2008). We see this narrative impulse in popular and academic accounts of feminism, in which familiar characters and narrative structures recur, often to the exclusion of others (Douglas 1994; Hemmings 2011; Hesford 2005, 2013).

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