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'Are you a lesbian?' challenges in recording and analysing the women's liberation movement in England

Rees, Jeska (2010) 'Are you a lesbian?' challenges in recording and analysing the women's liberation movement in England. History Workshop Journal 69 (1), pp. 177-187. ISSN 1363-3554.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/hwj/dbp033

Abstract

The English Women's Liberation Movement has increasingly become the subject of study by historians who are exploring the social and cultural impact of feminism on the twentieth century. However, the fact that many women who were involved in the WLM are still available to make active contributions to such histories – through oral history interviews, and/or through their involvement in cataloguing local archives – presents challenges to younger researchers. Who controls the narrative, who has access to the sources, and who benefits from the feminist stories being told, are all immediate and complex problems. Unless they can be overcome by fruitful dialogue between feminist generations and across feminist divides, such challenges threaten to undermine new scholarly work on the WLM and its place in recent history.

Item Type: Article
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Politics
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2011 14:39
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:20
URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/3261

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