Be(com)ing Feminist and Creating a ‘Politics of a Difference’ (A Manchester Case)

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The young feminists in this chapter were part of several feminist groups in Manchester, analysed in this ethnographic case study as part of Manchester’s feminist movement. The young women described their motivations for ‘be(com)ing feminist’ as ‘personal-political’ and ‘political-personal’ journeys (Hanisch, 1970) that came about because of individual and group experiences of gendered disadvantage and a recognition that the needs of women, and women’s equality, would not be achieved in current political and democratic arrangements that favour a focus on the ‘common good’. While the young women campaigned for several causes (abortion rights, safer streets, sexual objectification, and so on), their frustrations with the mainstream neglect of women’s issues were the key drivers for self-organising for political action. The aim of their activism was to dismantle (or at the very least diminish) the patriarchal social order, and their participation and activism focused on women’s issues and rights and the need to create a ‘politics of difference’ (Young, 1990) that addresses their group needs, differences, and specificities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReshaping Youth Participation
Subtitle of host publicationManchester in a European Gaze
EditorsGrainne McMahon, Harriet Rowley, Janet Batsleer
PublisherEmerald Group Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9781800433588, 9781800433601
ISBN (Print)9781800433595
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2022


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