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Women and National Political Struggles in the Caribbean

Quinn, KE; Trotz, A; (2010) Women and National Political Struggles in the Caribbean. MaComere: Journal of the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars , 12 (2) pp. 3-10. Green open access

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Abstract

Kumari Jayawardena’s pathbreaking discussion of feminism and nationalism in the Third World, written two and a half decades ago, clearly demonstrated that far from being merely symbolic of, or subject to, patriarchal constructions of nation, women were actively and variously invested in many forms of national political struggle. These can include but are not confined to arenas of struggle such as labour organisation, anti-colonial movements, revolutionary armed struggle and resistance to repressive regimes. This special issue of MaComère examines some of these struggles in the twentieth century Caribbean, a period for which studies of women’s participation are still relatively sparse despite the importance of the period for the enfranchisement of women as political citizens, the rise of nationalist projects invested in a language of equality and independence, and the birth of radical political experiments in Cuba and Grenada which sought to overthrow the repressive structures of the past. In what ways were women caught up in anti-colonial, anti-imperialist, nationalist and revolutionary struggles in the Caribbean, and what did their participation mean? How do various social relations intersect to shape specific iterations of resistance? Where might women be found in the regional and diasporic networks that inflected various political movements?

Type: Article
Title: Women and National Political Struggles in the Caribbean
Location: US
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.acwws.org/journal.php
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of the Americas
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1524131
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