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"Leave your men at home": autonomy in the West German women's movement, 1968-1978

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dc.contributor.author Erickson, Bailee Maru
dc.date.accessioned 2010-04-27T16:58:59Z
dc.date.available 2010-04-27T16:58:59Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en
dc.date.issued 2010-04-27T16:58:59Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2654
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines “autonomy” as a political goal of the West German women’s movement from its beginning in 1968 to 1978. As the central concept of the movement, autonomy was interpreted and applied in women’s groups and projects through a variety of organizational principles. The thesis takes case studies of different feminist projects. Successive chapters examine the Berlin Women’s Centre; Verena Stefan’s novel Shedding, the women’s press Frauenoffensive, and the women’s bookstore Labrys; and the periodicals Frauenzeitung, Courage, and Emma. These studies show that autonomously organized projects were characterized by the expression of an anti-hierarchical ethos. The Berlin Women’s Centre organized itself around collective decision making and self sustainability. Women’s writing and publishing projects established an alternative literary space. National feminist periodicals created journalistic spaces capable of coordinating the movement while subverting a dominant viewpoint. These examples illustrate how networks of autonomous projects established an autonomous cultural counter-sphere both separate and different from the established public sphere. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject West Germany en
dc.subject Feminism en
dc.subject German Women's Movement en
dc.subject German Feminism en
dc.subject Abortion Rights en
dc.subject Berlin Women's Centre en
dc.subject Neue Frauenbewegung en
dc.subject German Women en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::History::History, Modern en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::History::Europe--History en
dc.title "Leave your men at home": autonomy in the West German women's movement, 1968-1978 en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Saunders, Thomas J.
dc.degree.department Dept. of History en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en


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