Reconfiguring gendered independence: conceptual struggles in women's organizations

dc.contributor.authorGartside, Crystal Rose
dc.contributor.supervisorReitsma-Street, Marge
dc.date.accessioned2007-12-17T17:14:44Z
dc.date.available2007-12-17T17:14:44Z
dc.date.copyright2007en_US
dc.date.issued2007-12-17T17:14:44Z
dc.degree.departmentFaculty of Human and Social Developmenten_US
dc.degree.levelMaster of Arts M.A.en_US
dc.description.abstractThis research explores how concepts of women’s independence are constituted, through neo-liberal and feminist discourses, by members of a feminist organization for women leaving abuse. Analysis of eight interviews and eight focus groups with organizational members, collected over a four year period, surface contesting discourses about individualism, choice, economic independence, collectivity and structural analyses. These discourses interact to produce complex conceptualizations of women’s independence, and produced new subjectivities for women within the organization. In the data, neo-liberal and feminist influences produced an integration of self-responsibility and collectivity, creating new ways of understanding women’s agency. Knowledge of these changing notions of gendered independence in organizations allows feminists to be strategic and reflexive about feminist political work within changing social and political terrain.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1828/274
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rightsAvailable to the World Wide Weben_US
dc.subjectfeministen_US
dc.subjectindependenceen_US
dc.subjectfeminist organizationsen_US
dc.subjectdiscourse analysisen_US
dc.subject.lcshUVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Social Sciences::Social serviceen_US
dc.subject.lcshUVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Social Sciences::Women's studiesen_US
dc.titleReconfiguring gendered independence: conceptual struggles in women's organizationsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US

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