Plural desires : feminist epistemology as anarchist praxis

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dc.contributor.advisor Christiansen-Ruffman, Linda
dc.coverage.spatial Canada
dc.creator Gavin-Hebert, Jane
dc.date.accessioned 2012-05-28T15:28:29Z
dc.date.available 2012-05-28T15:28:29Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.other HX833 G38 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/23831
dc.description 102 leaves ; 29 cm. + 1 DVD (4 3/4 in.) en_CA
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 99-102).
dc.description.abstract This thesis explores feminist articulations and expressions within anarchist culture. Feminists within the anarchist movement have historically critiqued its male-dominated sphere and have, thus, created a new theoretical and practical framework: anarcha-feminism. Anarcha-feminist praxis challenges both anarchism and feminism by simultaneously critiquing and confronting capitalism and patriarchy. Interviews with anarcha-feminists and anarchist scholars reveal their experiences of "anarchosexism" and their resistance to "manarchy". The re-telling of anarchist women's experiences show the ways in which patriarchal oppression is reproduced among their male "allies". This research highlights the political and sexual pluralities that anarcha-feminists have historically fought for, which continue to be contested and appropriated by men. Addressing concepts of free love and plural sexuality, and patterns of sexual abuse and rape within anarchist communities, this thesis uncovers the complex struggle for (and against) womens' liberation among anarchists. Examining feminist (under)representation at anarchist bookfairs, conferences, meetings, and schools provides further insight on the gendered tensions and negotiations. Centralizing female subjects as creators of knowledge offers a subversive feminist lens through which to view and critique the cultural, social and political manifestations of anarchism. en_CA
dc.language.iso en en_CA
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University en_CA
dc.subject.lcc HX833
dc.subject.lcsh Anarchism
dc.subject.lcsh Feminism
dc.subject.lcsh Women anarchists
dc.subject.lcsh Anarchism -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Feminism -- Canada
dc.subject.lcsh Women anarchists -- Canada
dc.title Plural desires : feminist epistemology as anarchist praxis en_CA
dc.type Text en_CA
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Women and Gender Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)
thesis.degree.grantor Mount Saint Vincent University


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