Femmes de la République : an intersectional analysis of gender, race and an emerging grass-roots resistance to universalism in the French Republic

Bell, Jasmine (2016) Femmes de la République : an intersectional analysis of gender, race and an emerging grass-roots resistance to universalism in the French Republic. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The analysis in this dissertation is based on both a historical contextualisation of French feminism, critical debates within that field and intersectional anti-republican movements that have emerged from a grass-roots level.
    Using the women’s liberation movement as a starting point, this dissertation examines the development of an authentically ‘French’ feminism that has been shaped by the context of a republican model. It explores the direct correlation between a racially excluding second wave of feminism and the dominant articulation of women’s issues today, by citing the works of well known columnist, Caroline Fourest, and discusses whether mainstream liberal media is acting as a continuation of ‘white feminism’ and how it highlights the unequal power relations between white women and women of colour and/or racialised religious minorities.
    Taking the example of l’affaire du foulard, it examines the ways in which feminist theory informed and influenced controversial legislative action in 2004 and 2011. With regard to this issue, it engages with the narrative of contemporary feminist activism in response to a pervasive feminist discourse that has arisen from the margins of French society, and has been inspired by transnational discourses on intersectional theory.
    Finally, it considers how social activism has been stimulating a shift from the status of marginalised women from political object to that of political subject. The core argument put forth in this dissertation articulates that anti-racist intersectional feminism is gaining access into the mainstream agenda via means of a grass-roots insurgence.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 14:28
    Last Modified: 17 Oct 2016 14:28
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/22324

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