French feminism: national and international perspectives

Allwood, G. ORCID: 0000-0003-2564-7145 and Wadia, K., 2002. French feminism: national and international perspectives. Modern and Contemporary France, 10 (2), pp. 211-223. ISSN 0963-9489

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During the 1980s, the French media proclaimed the death of feminism, but although the 1970s women’s movement had demobilised, feminists were still active in issue-specific groups, in academia and within the institutions of the state. Paying careful attention to the difficulties associated with defining feminisms and national feminisms in particular, this article situates an analysis of French feminism since the 1980s in a context of growing international feminist dialogue and activism and a renewed debate about the meaning of feminism. It focuses on the question of separatism and on changing relations between theory and practice, asking how feminists can act for change and form effective coalitions with men and with other movements. It argues that feminism is plural and often fragmented and diffuse. Feminism is shaped by local social, economic, political and cultural factors and by exchanges of people and ideas, and any analysis of feminist theory and activism needs to take these into account.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Modern and Contemporary France
Creators: Allwood, G. and Wadia, K.
Publisher: Taylor and Francis (Routledge)
Date: 2002
Volume: 10
Number: 2
ISSN: 0963-9489
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Record created by: EPrints Services
Date Added: 09 Oct 2015 10:42
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:36

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