Resisting the Violence of Common Sense

Grewal, Kiran K. 2020. Resisting the Violence of Common Sense. Feminist Review Blog, [Article]

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As the lockdown began I was overwhelmed by two emotional responses. The first, as a full-time working single mother of a five-year-old and a fairly recent migrant to the UK, was a sense of complete isolation and betrayal. The second, an overwhelming and desperate rage, watching reports and responses to domestic and family violence in the lockdown. I have been puzzling over the connection between these two parallel but apparently unrelated aspects of lockdown. At the heart of both I sensed that the idea of the ‘household’ required further critical inquiry. How, on the one hand, could it be the automatic ‘go to’—a foundational place of return when our society and world was in disarray—and on the other, a significant contributor to making life harder or even unliveable for a sizeable proportion of the population? With the echoes of so many generations of feminists in my ears, I felt like I really needed to think this through.

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10 May 2020Accepted
26 May 2020Published

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07 Dec 2020 11:02

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01 Jul 2021 05:27

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