Naked in the Gymnasium: Women as Agents of Social Change

Mikula, M., 2004. Naked in the Gymnasium: Women as Agents of Social Change. PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies, 1 (1). ISSN 1449-2490

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Abstract

Women have throughout history participated in and sometimes initiated rebellions to defend the welfare of their family, community, class and race or ethnic group. These rebellions - with all their political, social and cultural complexity - are sometimes (rather patronisingly) called 'popular feminism' or 'unconscious feminism.' 1 We realise how problematic this appellation could be, since women - in Britain in particular, but elsewhere as well - have in the not-so-distant past organised precisely against radical feminism, to defend family values and other more conservative standards of social conduct. The perceived paradox reveals how differences and their related 'interests' are shaped in a contest over the symbols of public culture, often intersecting the divide based on gender, class, political and denominational persuasion, ethnicity or race.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies
Creators: Mikula, M.
Publisher: UTS Press
Date: 2004
Volume: 1
Number: 1
ISSN: 1449-2490
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.5130/portal.v1i1.41DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 10 Dec 2015 12:29
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2016 10:29
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/26646

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