Becoming Feminist

Narratives and Memories

  • Carly Guest

Part of the Citizenship, Gender and Diversity book series (FEMCIT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Carly Guest
    Pages 1-10
  3. Carly Guest
    Pages 11-48
  4. Carly Guest
    Pages 49-83
  5. Carly Guest
    Pages 85-123
  6. Carly Guest
    Pages 125-161
  7. Carly Guest
    Pages 163-198
  8. Carly Guest
    Pages 199-208
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 209-240

About this book


This book offers a novel, detailed and sensitive exploration of women's engagement with feminism. Centred on the themes of generations, hope, emotions and belonging, each chapter attends to the specific and particular practices of 'becoming feminist' via a series of accessible case studies. Adopting a theoretical and methodological focus on narrative and memory, this original and absorbing work analyses the various and complex ways in which feminism and its histories are received and processed by some feminist women today. Its focus on the specificity of experience disrupts overarching narratives of feminism and its histories, whilst acknowledging that such narratives are often used to sustain, defend and maintain a secure feminist identity. In doing so, it develops a growing body of work concerned with the relationships women forge to feminism’s pasts, presents and futures, with a distinct focus on the stories feminist women tell about their lives. It will appeal to students and scholars of sociology, psychosocial studies, gender studies, women's studies and cultural studies.


Identity Subjectivity Story-telling Qualitative Visual methods Photographs Generations Emotion Feeling Affect Belonging Hope Temporality Protest Case Studies emotion feminism gender gender studies women

Authors and affiliations

  • Carly Guest
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Criminology and SociologyMiddlesex UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom

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