Frontiers of Feminism
Movements and Influences in Québec and Italy, 1960–80
Published by: UBC Press
328 pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.00 mm
- ISBN: 9780774865272
- Published: November 2021
From the mid-1960s to the mid-80s, feminist activism in North America and Europe reached its peak. But responses to the issues and ideas that animated feminism were by no means homogeneous.
Frontiers of Feminism combines feminist materialism and social movement theories to explore the principal ideological concerns of Québécois and Italian feminists, including Marxism, nationalism, Third World liberation discourse, and counter-cultural narratives. Identifying the convergences in and differences between these themes, Jacinthe Michaud reveals the synergy between feminism and the left, especially the New Left, and highlights the influence of American and French women’s movements on those in Québec and Italy.
By revisiting struggles such as the right to abortion, health and sexuality, wages for housework, and the quest for autonomy from masculine thought, Frontiers of Feminism brings new insights to the recent history of feminist movements and an international perspective to major themes, strategies, and modes of organizing.
Preface and Acknowledgments
1 Contrasting the Québec and Italian Feminist Movements
2 Feminist Synergies with the Left
3 Wages for Housework: Caught between Refusal to Work and Feminism
4 Double Activism and Feminist Separatism
5 The Illusion of Unity and Homogeneity: Emergence of a Fragmented Political Subject
6 Angel Makers or Troublemakers? Abortion, Self-Help Politics, and the Management of Feminist Clinics
7 Feminist Approaches to Organizing
8 Capturing Feminist Transgressions through Cultural Productions
9 Who Should Write our History?
10 This History Has No End and Offers No Conclusion
Notes; References; Index