'They're talkin' bout a revolution': feminism, anarchism and the politics of social change in the global justice movement
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Despite the proliferation of works on the ‘global justice movement’ in general, and on the anarchist and feminist elements within it in particular, surprisingly little has been written on the intersections between these two movement strands. In an effort to rectify this gap in the literature, this article seeks to explore in what ways and to what extent anarchist and feminist renditions of revolution, within the context of the global justice movement, are conceptually compatible and, thereby, potentially politically reinforcing. In order to ascertain the degree of convergence between these two radical projects, in the first part of the article I examine what each camp is fighting for and against and whether their struggles for social justice are ideologically consonant. In the second part, I turn my attention to the types of practices being enacted and defended by these two movement constituencies and ask how they see their respective revolutions being brought about. What notions of social change are at work here and are their political practices, and the different temporalities sustaining them, reconcilable? Having argued in the first two parts of this article that anarchism and feminism are more compatible than is often acknowledged and that the considerable synergies between feminist notions of social justice and social change and anarchist conceptions of revolution merit far more attention than they currently receive, I end the piece by reflecting on some of the points of tension that still militate against merging their respective political imaginaries. I do so in an attempt to identify what I see as the conditions of possibility for a more integrated, mutually collaborative feminist anarchist revolutionary politics.
“This is a post-peer-review, pre-copyedit version of an article published in Feminist Review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Feminist Review (2014) 106, 78–94. doi:10.1057/fr.2013.36 is available online at: http://www.palgrave-journals.com/fr/journal/v106/n1/full/fr201336a.html
, Vol. 106, pp. 78 - 94
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