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A Group of One's Own. The Politics of Minority Women and Group's Organising Practices.

Johansson Kvitvær, Malin LU (2015) SIMV18 20151
Department of Political Science
Master of Science in Social Studies of Gender
Graduate School
Abstract
Hegemonic feminism have often been criticised for organising from a white, heterosexual, able-bodied, middle-class perspective. As a counteracting of this many minority groups have chosen to organise separately, based on common interests or experiences. This thesis explores the politics of minority women and groups’ organising practices. It also discusses the compatibility of civil society and feminist theory, as well as whether those engaging in separate collective organising can be seen as performing acts of resistance. The theoretical framework is grounded in feminist critiques of hegemonic feminism. It starts off from an intersectional perspective which is the recognition that power relations and structures of inequality influence and... (More)
Hegemonic feminism have often been criticised for organising from a white, heterosexual, able-bodied, middle-class perspective. As a counteracting of this many minority groups have chosen to organise separately, based on common interests or experiences. This thesis explores the politics of minority women and groups’ organising practices. It also discusses the compatibility of civil society and feminist theory, as well as whether those engaging in separate collective organising can be seen as performing acts of resistance. The theoretical framework is grounded in feminist critiques of hegemonic feminism. It starts off from an intersectional perspective which is the recognition that power relations and structures of inequality influence and enhance each other, and that they operate simultaneously. I have carried out a qualitative study and the method used for this thesis is semi-structured interviews, conducted with representatives from five minority group organisations. In addition to the interviews, the material also consists of documents from the organisations, which I have analysed. The results show that separate collective organising is important for self-identification and for getting ones experiences validated. It also shows that it challenges the current order and as such can be perceived as threatening. (Less)
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Johansson Kvitvær, Malin LU
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SIMV18 20151
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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minority groups, civil society, organising, resistance, feminist theory
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English
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7369924
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  abstract     = {Hegemonic feminism have often been criticised for organising from a white, heterosexual, able-bodied, middle-class perspective. As a counteracting of this many minority groups have chosen to organise separately, based on common interests or experiences. This thesis explores the politics of minority women and groups’ organising practices. It also discusses the compatibility of civil society and feminist theory, as well as whether those engaging in separate collective organising can be seen as performing acts of resistance. The theoretical framework is grounded in feminist critiques of hegemonic feminism. It starts off from an intersectional perspective which is the recognition that power relations and structures of inequality influence and enhance each other, and that they operate simultaneously. I have carried out a qualitative study and the method used for this thesis is semi-structured interviews, conducted with representatives from five minority group organisations. In addition to the interviews, the material also consists of documents from the organisations, which I have analysed. The results show that separate collective organising is important for self-identification and for getting ones experiences validated. It also shows that it challenges the current order and as such can be perceived as threatening.},
  author       = {Johansson Kvitvær, Malin},
  keyword      = {minority groups,civil society,organising,resistance,feminist theory},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {A Group of One's Own. The Politics of Minority Women and Group's Organising Practices.},
  year         = {2015},
}