Not My Mother's Sister: Generational Conflict and Third-Wave Feminism

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In this compelling book, Astrid Henry addresses the problems inherent in the persistent drawing of generational lines to analyze the state of feminism and feminist discourse. By identifying new waves or generations of feminism, younger feminists are able to claim feminism for themselves. They are able to rebel more easily against orthodoxies of the previous generation and to identify what they see as their original contributions to the women's movement. Yet by being too preoccupied with generational rebellion, ...
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Overview

In this compelling book, Astrid Henry addresses the problems inherent in the persistent drawing of generational lines to analyze the state of feminism and feminist discourse. By identifying new waves or generations of feminism, younger feminists are able to claim feminism for themselves. They are able to rebel more easily against orthodoxies of the previous generation and to identify what they see as their original contributions to the women's movement. Yet by being too preoccupied with generational rebellion, Henry argues, the next generation has tended to overstate the homogeneity of previous generations and to diminish the contributions of earlier generations to women's rights. Often the rebellion focuses on personal identity at the expense of collective political action. The book analyzes second-wave feminism's relationship to the first wave, third wave's to the second, and within the latter how queer theorists of the third wave relate to lesbian feminists of the second wave. It also addresses the ways in which certain black feminists have adopted or rejected the generational paradigm in identifying new directions for their movement.
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Editorial Reviews

Signs:Journal of Women in Culture and Society
Henry makes a convincing case that third-wave feminism can be viewed as the rebellion of young women against their mothers and as their desire to have a feminism of their own... "—R. Claire Snyder, Signs:Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 2008

— R. Claire Snyder

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society
""Henry makes a convincing case that third-wave feminism can be viewed as the rebellion of young women against their mothers and as their desire to have a feminism of their own... "" —R. Claire Snyder, Signs:Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 2008

— R. Claire Snyder

Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society - R. Claire Snyder

""Henry makes a convincing case that third-wave feminism can be viewed as the rebellion of young women against their mothers and as their desire to have a feminism of their own... "" —R. Claire Snyder, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 2008

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"Henry makes a convincing case that third-wave feminism can be viewed as the rebellion of young women against their mothers and as their desire to have a feminism of their own... " —R. Claire Snyder, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, 2008

"Through analysis of second- and third-wave literature, Not My Mother's Sister provides an interesting psychological and sociological analysis of the conflict that has emerged between younger and older feminists... [The] issues raised in this text make a contribution to our understanding of the history of feminism and should be a welcome addition to women's studies courses...." —Psychology of Women Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780253217134
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Meet the Author

Astrid Henry is Louise R. Noun Chair in Women’s Studies at Grinnell College, where she teaches in the Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies Program. Her essays have been published in the journals Women's Studies Quarterly and PMLA, as well as in anthologies such as Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies, Fashion Talks: Undressing the Power of Style, Reading "Sex and the City," and Catching a Wave: Reclaiming Feminism for the 21st Century.

Indiana University Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Daughterhood is powerful 16
2 Finding ourselves in the past 52
3 Taking feminism to bed 88
4 Neither my mother nor my lover 115
5 To be, or not to be, real 148
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