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Intersectionality as Feminist Praxis in the UK

Evans, Elizabeth. 2016. Intersectionality as Feminist Praxis in the UK. Women's Studies International Forum, 59, pp. 67-75. ISSN 0277-5395 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

Intersectionality has had a profound impact on feminist theory and activism: it has created a new set of discursive structures for analysing power and been translated into activist strategies. However, its acceptance within the women's movement differs by context. In the UK it has been relatively controversial: the left fear its impact on the possibilities of solidarity, whilst the right are concerned it detracts from gender as the principle site of analysis. These differences of approach have, to some extent, revealed fissures within UK feminism. Conversely, this article draws upon original survey data to argue that intersectionality underpins student feminist activism in the UK, in particular influencing: their activities; their discursive approach to inclusion; and their ongoing commitment to theory application. In sum, there has been a normalisation of the intersectional framework amongst student feminist activists.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2016.10.004

Keywords:

Intersectionality; Feminism; Student politics; UK activism

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Politics

Dates:

DateEvent
11 October 2016Accepted
27 October 2016Published Online

Item ID:

19038

Date Deposited:

11 Oct 2016 16:41

Last Modified:

12 Oct 2018 01:26

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/19038

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