I’m in this for real: Revisiting young women’s feminist becoming

Marine, Susan and Lewis, Ruth (2014) I’m in this for real: Revisiting young women’s feminist becoming. Women's Studies International Forum, 47 (A). pp. 11-22. ISSN 0277-5395

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2014.06.008

Abstract

Feminist identity development theories, advanced by Bartky (1975), Downing and Roush (1985), and others, have been operationalized and studied extensively for the last two decades. In this transnational qualitative study, the authors revisit the process by which young women come to and embrace the mantle of feminism, in order to reveal its contemporary contours. Thirty-four women, current and former university students from the United Kingdom and United States were interviewed, and their narratives analyzed, revealing several common features of their journeys to feminism: That feminism is considered common sense by participants, a realization they come to gradually. University experiences figure prominently in their identity development, locating sources of support to cope with peer diminishment of feminism. Their identities are solidified through a complex interplay of debate, deliberation, and community-building with other feminists. These newly emerging signposts of “feminist becoming” invite further research and possible revision of existing theories.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: available online 9 August 2014
Subjects: L300 Sociology
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
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Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2014 08:30
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:00
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/17193

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