Advertisement

The Memory-Work Group: Feminist Belonging

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

Abstract

Using the work of Nira Yuval-Davis, this chapter considers how four women who took part in a memory-work group negotiate a sense of feminist belonging across three sites. Firstly, two memories written by Alexandra illustrate how belonging is negotiated across social positionings. Alexandra was able to establish a sense of belonging on a SlutWalk march as a white middle-class woman. Secondly, the women’s discussion of arguing demonstrates how establishing belonging can secure a feminism that feels under threat. Finally, the women’s discussion of strategies they employ to ensure they are listened to exposes shifting boundaries of belonging. Across these sites, the ‘proper feminist’ is an illusionary figure that regulates feminist belonging. The women measure themselves against this figure, despite an awareness of exclusions she enacts.

Keywords

Collective Identity Feminist Politics Feminist Identity Collective Voice Illusionary Figure 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

References

  1. Black Women’s Blueprint. 2011/2015.An Open Letter from Black Women to the SlutWalk. Gender and Society 30(1): 9–13.Google Scholar
  2. Borah, Rituparna, and Subhalakshmi Nandi. 2012. Reclaiming the Feminist Politics of ‘SlutWalk’. International Feminist Journal of Politics 14(3): 415–421.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Carr, Joetta L. 2013. The SlutWalk Movement: A Study in Transnational Feminist Activism. Journal of Feminist Scholarship 4: 24–38.Google Scholar
  4. Collins, Patricia Hill. 2000. Gender, Black Feminism, and Black Political Economy. The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 568(1): 41–53.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Crenshaw, Kimberlé Williams. 1991. Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color. Stanford Law Review 43(6): 1241–1299.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Fay, Michaela. 2008. ‘Mobile Belonging’: Exploring Transnational Feminist Theory and Online Connectivity. In Tanu Priya Uteng and Tim Cresswell, ed. Gendered Mobilities, 65–82. Aldershot: Ashgate.Google Scholar
  7. Griffin, Gabriele, and Rosi Braidotti. 2002. Thinking Differently: A Reader in European Women’s Studies. London: Zed Books.Google Scholar
  8. Haraway, Donna. 1988. Situated Knowledges: The Science Question in Feminism and the Privilege of Partial Perspective. Feminist Studies 14(3): 575–599.Google Scholar
  9. Haug, Frigga, Sunne Andresen, Anke Bünz-Elferding, Kornelia Hauser, Ursel Lang, Marion Laudan, Magret Lüdemann, Ute Meir, Barbara Nemitz, Erika Niehoff, Renate Prinz, Nora Räthzel, Martina Scheu, and Christine Thomas. 1987. Female Sexualization: A Collective Work of Memory. London and New York: Verso.Google Scholar
  10. Hesford, Victoria. 2005. Feminism and its Ghosts the Spectre of the Feminist-as-Lesbian. Feminist Theory 6(3): 227–250.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. ———. 2013. Feeling Women’s Liberation. Durham: Duke University Press.Google Scholar
  12. Hobson, Janell. 2011. Should Black Women Oppose the SlutWalk? Ms.Magazine blog. http://msmagazine.com/blog/2011/09/27/should-black-women-oppose-the-slutwalk/. Accessed 29 November 2015.
  13. ———. 1984. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center. Boston, MA: South End.Google Scholar
  14. Howie, Gillian. 2010. Feminist Histories: Conflict, Coalitions and the Maternal Order. Studies in the Maternal 2(1): 1–12.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. Jaggar, Alison M. 1989. Love and Knowledge: Emotion in Feminist Epistemology. Inquiry 32(2): 151–176.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. Kapur, Ratna. 2012. Pink Chaddis and SlutWalk Couture: The Postcolonial Politics of Feminism Lite. Feminist Legal Studies 20(1): 1–20.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Lim, Jason, and Alexandra Fanghanel. 2013. ‘Hijabs, Hoodies and Hotpants’; Negotiating the ‘Slut’ in SlutWalk. Geoforum 48: 207–215.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. Lorde, Audre. 1984. Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches. Berkeley: Crossing Press.Google Scholar
  19. Mendes, Kaitlynn D. 2015. SlutWalk: Feminism, Activism and Media. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Miriam, Kathy. 2012. Feminism, Neoliberalism, and SlutWalk. Feminist Studies 38(1): 262–266.Google Scholar
  21. Misztal, Barbara. 2003. Theories of Social Remembering. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.Google Scholar
  22. Mitra, Durba. 2012. Critical Perspectives on SlutWalks in India. Feminist Studies. 38(1): 254–261.Google Scholar
  23. Moffitt, Benjamin, and Simon Tormey. 2014. Rethinking Populism: Politics, Mediatisation and Political Style. Political Studies 62(2): 381–397.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  24. Newman, Janet. 2013. But we Didn’t Mean that: Feminist Projects, Governmental Appropriations and Spaces of Politics. In Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging, ed. Sasha Roseneil, 89–111. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  25. Probyn, Elspeth. 1996. Outside Belongings. London: Psychology Press.Google Scholar
  26. ———. 2013. Repudiating Feminism: Young Women in a Neoliberal World. Surrey: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.Google Scholar
  27. ———. 2013b. Reluctant Citizens: Between Incorporation and Resistance. In Beyond Citizenship: Feminism and the Transformation of Belonging, ed. Sasha Roseneil, 66–88. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.Google Scholar
  28. Wiegman, Robyn. 2000. Feminism’s Apocalyptic Futures. New Literary History 31(4): 805–825.Google Scholar
  29. Yuval-Davis, Nira. 2011. The Politics of Belonging: Intersectional Contestations. Los Angeles: Sage.Google Scholar
  30. ———, Nira. 2006. Intersectionality and Feminist Politics. European Journal of Women’s Studies 13(3): 193–209.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • Carly Guest
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Criminology and SociologyMiddlesex UniversityLondonUK

Personalised recommendations