By Carly Guest
This booklet bargains a singular, particular and delicate exploration of women's engagement with feminism. focused at the subject matters of generations, wish, feelings and belonging, each one bankruptcy attends to the explicit and specific practices of 'becoming feminist' through a chain of available case experiences. Adopting a theoretical and methodological concentrate on narrative and reminiscence, this unique and soaking up paintings analyses some of the and complicated ways that feminism and its histories are got and processed via a few feminist ladies this present day. Its specialise in the specificity of expertise disrupts overarching narratives of feminism and its histories, when acknowledging that such narratives are usually used to maintain, shield and continue a safe feminist identity.In doing so, it develops a starting to be physique of labor inquisitive about the relationships ladies forge to feminism’s pasts, provides and futures, with a unique specialize in the tales feminist girls inform approximately their lives. it's going to entice scholars and students of sociology, psychosocial stories, gender experiences, women's stories and cultural reviews.
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Extra resources for Becoming Feminist: Narratives and Memories
As the women in this book remember their own feminist becomings, they draw upon the collective memories of the recent feminist past that are articulated and formed through narratives produced about it. Some of these narratives are themselves formed through the significance and emotional investment in notions of family and heritage in Western culture. 40 Becoming Feminist Observing that the understanding of ‘collective memory’ is varied and has been left largely uninterrogated, James Wertsch (2002) defines it as something that occurs in collective and social interactions and is performed ‘instrumentally’ through various tools of memory, of which narrative is one.
It is, in part, the reasons that certain scholars caution against narrative methodologies as a means of producing ‘knowledge’ about feminism. Wiegman (2004), for example, resists what she perceives as the canonical assumption that feminist knowledge formation and feminist subject formation can be conflated. She argues that feminism cannot come to be defined by the political work of women or the ‘continuities in the identity of women across both time and geopolitical space’ (Wiegman 2004:163). For Wiegman, this conflation of feminist knowledge and feminist subjects is, in part, developed via the range of narrative methodologies that place an emphasis on hearing women’s voices.
The ‘young feminist’ can resist the ‘definition of feminism as the growing up and awakening of women’ (2004:82). Eisenhauer challenges both the generational language of feminist histories and the wave metaphor for foreclosing the ‘critical potential of a contradictory, multiple, and layered understanding of feminisms’ subjects’ (2004:82). 20 Becoming Feminist Robyn Wiegman (2000) similarly discusses the prevalence of generational narratives within US academic feminist discourse. She suggests that such narratives illustrate academic feminism’s anxieties about the relationship between past and present and the (im)possibility of securing feminism’s future.
Becoming Feminist: Narratives and Memories by Carly Guest