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Making, contesting and governing the local: women’s labour and the local state

Newman, Janet (2012). Making, contesting and governing the local: women’s labour and the local state. Local Economy, 27(8) pp. 846–858.

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This paper explores how women’s activism contributed to the generation of local capacities and resources (‘making’ the local); how women attempted to subvert or co-opt emerging patterns of local governance (‘contesting’ the local); and engaged with strategies of governing and managing local communities (‘governing’ the local). In elaborating these themes the paper draws on empirical research that suggests how these practices succeeded each other within different political-governmental regimes, but also how they were entangled in individual working lives. The paper then draws on the analysis to show how it might speak to the present regime of cuts, retrenchment and the closure of many of the spaces of power that previous generations of women had forged.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 The Author(s)
ISSN: 1470-9325
Extra Information: Author emailled publisher confirmation to the mailbox - cb 05/10/2012
Keywords: activism; women’s labour; social movements; Thatcherism; New Labour; Coalition government policy.
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > History, Religious Studies, Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
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Item ID: 33936
Depositing User: Janet Newman
Date Deposited: 14 Sep 2012 09:22
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 09:53
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