The Women's Movement in Protest, Institutions and the Internet: Australia in transnational perspective

The Women's Movement in Protest, Institutions and the Internet: Australia in transnational perspective

by Sarah Maddison
     
 

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Around the world there is a widespread view that women’s movements are a thing of the past. In many Western countries, the movement is much less visible and influential today than it was during the heyday of the 1970s ‘second wave’, with smaller numbers attending protest events and a far less obvious ‘femocrat’ presence in government.

Overview

Around the world there is a widespread view that women’s movements are a thing of the past. In many Western countries, the movement is much less visible and influential today than it was during the heyday of the 1970s ‘second wave’, with smaller numbers attending protest events and a far less obvious ‘femocrat’ presence in government.

Understanding the legacies of the women’s movement lends insight to how women everywhere might organise for the political challenges of the future. This book argues and demonstrates that the women’s movement is still alive—if not quite kicking. It explores the ways in which the movement is continuing to work its way through institutions, and persists within submerged networks, cultural production and in everyday living, sustaining itself in non-receptive political environments and maintaining a discursive feminist space for generations to come. Set in a transnational perspective the authors trace the legacies of the Australian women’s movement to the present day in protest, non-government organisations, government organisations, popular culture, the Internet and the Slut Walk.

It will be of interest to international students and scholars of gender politics, gender studies, social movement studies and comparative politics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415830904
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/07/2013
Series:
Routledge Research in Gender and Politics Series
Pages:
232

Meet the Author

1. Finding the women’s movement Marian Sawer 2. Continuity and waves in the feminist movement – A challenge to social movement theory Drude Dahlerup 3. The discursive legacy: The politics of meaning making and changed expectations Sarah Maddison 4. Taking to the streets Kirsty McLaren and Catherine Strong 5. Hiding in plain sight: Australian women’s advocacy organisations Marian Sawer and Merrindahl Andrew 6. The institutional legacy: Women’s services and women’s policy agencies Merrindahl Andrew 7. Role models and roller derby: Feminism and popular culture Catherine Strong 8. New feminist frontiers: Blogging and the women’s movement Frances Shaw 9. Slut walking: Where is the next generation of feminists? Sarah Maddison 10. Feminist organizing: What’s old, what’s new? History, trends and issues Myra Marx Ferree (TBC) Appendix: The methodological challenges of studying a movement over time

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