Gender, Power and Left Politics: From Feminisation to “Feministisation”
Politics and Gender
Cambridge University Press (CUP)
© The Women and Politics Research Section of the American Political Science Association, 2018.
Responding to on-going debates about the presence (or otherwise) of feminism within left-wing politics, this article has two central aims. First, it seeks to develop a set of analytical criteria to identify and assess the extent to which an instance of politics has become “feminist”. Second, it aims to illustrate the potential utility of this framework by applying it to a range of examples of contemporary left politics in Britain. Our overall argument is similarly two-fold. Conceptually, learning from the literature on socialist feminism, gender and politics, and cultural studies and sociology, we identify five features of what we call “feministisation”, arguing that in addition to feminist ideas, policies and modes of organising, we must also pay attention to the role of embodied performances and affect. Empirically, we suggest that, seen through this lens, the British left has in fact undergone a significant, but uneven process of feministisation in recent years.
This is the author accepted manuscript. The final version is available from Cambridge University Press via the DOI in this record.
Published online 06 May 2018.