Common Women, Uncommon Practices: The Queer Feminism of Greenhamby Sasha Roseneil
Common Women, Uncommon Practices is about a moment in history when ordinary women did some extraordinary things, when common women engaged in some decidedly uncommon practices. It is about the social movement and community built by women of different ages, backgrounds, nationalities and sexualities outside the United States Air Force base at Greenham Common; and it is about their experimentations with values, politics and ways of living which took feminism in new, queer directions. It analyses the actions these women took to resist the momentum towards nuclear war, and the destabilizations, disruptions and transformations of gender, sexuality and political order which these actions set in train.
Based on in-depth interviews with 35 Greenham women, and drawing on the author's own experiences, this book tells women's stories of their exciting, life-changing times at Greenham, and paints a vivid picture of what a queer feminist politics might be. Rejecting the idea that Greenham can be understood within existing taxonomies of feminism, the author offers new interpretations and provides a rare example of 'queer studies' engaging with everyday lived experience and politics as they have actually been practised. The book makes an important contribution to debates within queer theory and feminist theory, and to our understanding of ethics, values and politics in a postmodern age.
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