Aaliyah and Jenny: Feminist Hope

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


This chapter considers how hope operates in the stories of Aaliyah and Jenny. Aaliyah tells a story of the conflicts she experienced as a young Muslim Swedish African girl. For Aaliyah, feminism offers a means of negotiating these conflicts, as she increasingly comes to see them as political concerns. As a child, Jenny hoped for a gender-equal future, but this was not realised in her adult life. Feminism offers Aaliyah a way of articulating concerns with the world around her and is full of hope. For Jenny, feminism feels, at times, hopeless, as she sees a reproduction of the gender inequalities she witnessed as a child. She nevertheless continues to invest in the generational transmission of feminism by ‘passing it on’ to her own daughter. This chapter considers the different ways hope operates in women’s relationship to feminist pasts, presents and futures.


Gender Inequality Family Home Muslim Community Domestic Labour Popular Music 
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  1. 1.Department of Criminology and SociologyMiddlesex UniversityLondonUK

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