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Affective solidarity: feminist reflexivity and political transformation

Hemmings, Clare (2012) Affective solidarity: feminist reflexivity and political transformation. Feminist Theory, 13 (2). pp. 147-161. ISSN 1464-7001

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1464700112442643


This article seeks to intervene in what I perceive to be a problematic opposition in feminist theory between ontological and epistemological accounts of existence and politics, by proposing an approach that weaves together Elspeth Probyn’s conceptualisation of ‘feminist reflexivity’ with a re-reading of feminist standpoint through affect. In so doing, I develop the concept of affective solidarity as necessary for sustainable feminist politics of transformation. This approach is proposed as a way of moving away from rooting feminist transformation in the politics of identity and towards modes of engagement that start from the affective dissonance experience can produce. Moving beyond empathy as a privileged way of connecting with others, I argue that the difference between ‘womanhood’ and ‘feminism’ is critical for a universal yet non-essential understanding of what motivates gendered change.

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Additional Information: ©2012 The Author
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2012 10:24
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 01:58

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