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Published: 24 September 2019

352 Pages | 27

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780190658847

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Sisterhood and After

An Oral History of the UK Women's Liberation Movement, 1968-present

Margaretta Jolly

Oxford Oral History Series

  • This is the first book-length history of the 'second wave' of the UK Women's Liberation Movement from the 1970s onwards.
  • It is equally the first book to bring together oral history, sound and memory, and acute listening to tone and music.
  • It is powered by uniquely in-depth oral histories, and in this way, illustrates the important connection between oral history practice and feminism in the British context.
  • It explores key debates and trends in theoretical work in a refreshingly jargon-free manner well-suited to general readers interested in the fields of feminism and oral history, as well as to scholars and practitioners.
  • It uses individual and collective memories to cast new light on prominent and less well-known women activists, on iconic women's movement actions and campaigns and on feminist critiques of gender and power.
  • It narrates an important and defining historical period of feminist activism, paralleling the struggles of white and Black British feminists, of those in London, the regions and Northern Ireland.
  • It explores questions of labour, class and consumerism under Thatcherism and beyond, and introduces today's movement for trans-liberation, drawing connections between these and other struggles.
  • In weaving these histories together, it stands in contrast to previous works on the UK women's movement which have tended to be celebratory anthologies of individual or collected memoir, polemical or more narrowly focused studies.

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