This book addresses the practical problems and possibilities of ‘doing feminism’ in the 1990s. The chapters identify and critically examine the dilemmas for feminist theory and practice, while at the same time taking stock of feminist responses to varieties of men’s violence. They outline a range of strategies employed by feminist service providers working in the field of violence against women in a number of statutory and non-statutory agencies. The contributors all have practical experience of working with the reality of violence perpetrated by men. While as individuals they are personally and intellectually committed to a range of different feminist theoretical positions, they all share the common difficulty of making connections between those theories and their everyday personal and professional lives. In particular, many experience the problem of reconciling their personal oppression within masculinist organisational structures with the power that they, as part of those organisations, may wield over the lives of other women. A central concern of the text derives from the awareness of those contributing that they may, through their work, at times serve to compound or heighten the specific oppression suffered by many women and girls.
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