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Re-Presenting Feminisms: Past, Present and Future

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In this article I explore what are thought to be generational differences within contemporary American feminism. I first identify three dominant approaches to understanding “third wave” feminism: cohort-based, age-based, and theory-based. Then, I analyze empirical data to discern the extent of difference within and across “waves” of American feminism, using each of these approaches. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative data, I argue that third wave feminism should be understood as an identity, rather than a distinct theoretical perspective, age group, or cohort. My findings suggest that feminists of all ages share many important aspects of their gender and political ideologies. Moreover, my analysis of “third wave” feminist texts and those “second wave” texts that directly speak to generational differences reveals that, in many cases, feminist scholarship itself reproduces the very differences it aims to understand. To the extent that feminist scholarship has failed to critically and systematically analyze the dominant portrayals of feminist generations in the media, failed to recognize the diversity within all feminist generations, and failed to embrace multiplicity, feminist scholarship has in effect reified distinct, static waves of feminism.

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feminist theory, feminist generations
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Harnois, Catherine. "Re-Presenting Feminisms: Past, Present and Future" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, Aug 12, 2005 <Not Available>. 2017-10-09 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p22841_index.html>

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Harnois, C. E. , 2005-08-12 "Re-Presenting Feminisms: Past, Present and Future" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association, Marriott Hotel, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, PA Online <PDF>. 2017-10-09 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p22841_index.html

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Abstract: In this article I explore what are thought to be generational differences within contemporary American feminism. I first identify three dominant approaches to understanding “third wave” feminism: cohort-based, age-based, and theory-based. Then, I analyze empirical data to discern the extent of difference within and across “waves” of American feminism, using each of these approaches. Using a combination of qualitative and quantitative data, I argue that third wave feminism should be understood as an identity, rather than a distinct theoretical perspective, age group, or cohort. My findings suggest that feminists of all ages share many important aspects of their gender and political ideologies. Moreover, my analysis of “third wave” feminist texts and those “second wave” texts that directly speak to generational differences reveals that, in many cases, feminist scholarship itself reproduces the very differences it aims to understand. To the extent that feminist scholarship has failed to critically and systematically analyze the dominant portrayals of feminist generations in the media, failed to recognize the diversity within all feminist generations, and failed to embrace multiplicity, feminist scholarship has in effect reified distinct, static waves of feminism.


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