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Lysistratus, Lysistrata, Lysistratum:coconstructing the identities of mother and activist

Capdevila, Rose (2010). Lysistratus, Lysistrata, Lysistratum:coconstructing the identities of mother and activist. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34(4) pp. 530–537.

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Instances of women's involvement in politics are prevalent both in the historical and cross-cultural literature. However, as we know, the involvement of some women in political life has not always produced greater access to political power for women in everyday life. This article aims to examine how the identities of mother and activist have been produced and brought together, or coconstructed, in published texts and in interviews conducted with women activists. The analysis aims to illustrate the usefulness of looking at contexts and relationships for empirical work in this area. In doing so the article unpacks the concepts of "mother," "woman," "politics," and "activist" to argue that we can reach a more useful understanding of identity if we address these not as stable and pre-existing, but rather as shifting and multiply-determined, products.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2010 Division 35, American Psychological Association
ISSN: 0361-6843
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetBritish Academy
Academic Unit/Department: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
Item ID: 26439
Depositing User: Rose Capdevila
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2011 10:41
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2016 11:48
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