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Rebecca: Class, Politics and Family

  • Carly Guest
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Part of the Citizenship, Gender and Diversity book series (FEMCIT)

Abstract

In this chapter, Guest introduces Rebecca, whose identification with the sights, sounds and politics of 1980s Britain, in particular the 1984–1985 miners’ strikes, provides the foundation for her story of becoming feminist. In Rebecca’s memories of this period, her mother comes to the fore as the political actor. This chapter considers the various ways Rebecca draws connections between her mother’s feminism and her own and so acknowledges the purchase that generational narratives have for the women interviewed. However, through a close reading of Rebecca’s story, it always challenges the often linear and progressive temporalities generational narratives can rely upon. It offers a new means of thinking about the generational, familial and maternal as opening up rather than foreclosing possibilities for engagement with feminism’s pasts.

Keywords

Political Identity Feminist Politics Feminist Identity Educational Choice Daughter Relationship 
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  1. 1.Department of Criminology and SociologyMiddlesex UniversityLondonUK

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