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Innocent Subjects: Feminism and Whiteness

Innocent Subjects: Feminism and Whiteness

Publisher Pluto Press
Year 20/12/2020
Pages 256
Version hardback
Readership level Professional and scholarly
ISBN 9780745337517
Categories Feminism & feminist theory, Gender studies: women, Ethnic studies, Political activism
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In a time of intensified global white supremacist and patriarchal violence, anti-racist feminist movements and analyses have never been more vital. Women of colour are at the forefront of these struggles worldwide - but are white feminists really by their side? Despite a rich history of Black and postcolonial critiques of racist and imperial feminist politics, racism still exists within contemporary British feminism. To explain why, Terese Jonsson examines the history of feminism over the last forty years. She argues that Black feminism's role in shaping the movement has been marginalised through narratives which repeatedly position white women at the centre of the story, from the women's liberation movement in the 1970s to today. Analysing the ways in which whiteness continues to pervade feminist literature, as well as feminist debates in the liberal media, Jonsson demonstrates that, despite an increased attention to race, intersectionality and difference, stories told by white feminists are shaped by their desire to maintain an 'innocent' position towards racism.

Innocent Subjects: Feminism and Whiteness

Table of contents

1. 'That Old Chestnut': Feminism and Racism

2. British Feminisms in the Aftermath of Empire

3. Leaving Feminist Whiteness Behind: Narratives of Transcendence in the Era of Difference

4. Inevitable Whiteness? Absolving White Feminist Dominance

5. Liberal Whiteness and the 'New' Feminism

6. Feminist Complicities

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