Why feminism matters: Feminism lost and found
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Kath Woodward and Sophie Woodward Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK, 2009, Hardback, 200pp., £50.00, ISBN: 978-0230216198
In the closing sentences of their book, Why Feminism Matters: Feminism Lost and Found, Kath and Sophie Woodward state: ‘Our agenda is (…) to give rise to future conversations and dialogues and we hope that this dialogue is one among many. Let the conversations begin’ (p. 172). This discursive invitation follows an innovative engagement with feminist generational debates, played out in a co-authored collaboration between a mother and a daughter who are both academics invested in the subject of feminism.
Often posed as generational enemies, the supposed ‘sororal anxiety’ (Gillis et al, 2004, p. 3) embodied by the figures of mother and daughter (who come to represent Second- and Third-Wave generations within feminist narratives, respectively), are compellingly interrogated and unravelled within the book. Or, in the words of the authors: ‘Our book is an attempt to...
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