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Explanations of how identities are constructed are fundamental to contemporary debates in feminism and in cultural and social theory. Formations of Class & Gender demonstrates why class should be featured more prominently in theoretical accounts of gender, identity and power. Beverley Skeggs identifies the neglect of class, and shows how class and gender must be fused together to produce an accurate representation of power relations in modern society. The book questions how theoretical frameworks are generated for understanding how women live and produce themselves through social and cultural relations. It uses detailed ethnographic research to explain how ‘real’ women inhabit and occupy the social and cultural posit

Refusing Recognition: Feminisms
Refusing recognition: Feminisms

Why should I be a feminist? [Sarah, 1992]

When Gramsci (1971) speaks about the consent that is given to power he analyses how it is predicated upon an assessment. This is based upon understandings and interpretations of experiences which have already occurred and an estimation of what is to be the likely outcome of the giving of consent. Feminism is assessed by the women of the study in a similar way. They related their knowledge of feminism (produced through representations and through everyday interactions) to their own investments and experience. This meant that recognizability and/or relevance were crucial factors in the assessment of feminism. The process by which they made assessments was dependent upon the contact they made with feminism and ...

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