Living A Feminist Life

Living A Feminist Life

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In Living a Feminist Life Sara Ahmed shows how feminist theory is generated from everyday life and the ordinary experiences of being a feminist at home and at work. Building on legacies of feminist of color scholarship in particular, Ahmed offers a poetic and personal meditation on how feminists become estranged from worlds they critique--often by naming and calling attention to problems--and how feminists learn about worlds from their efforts to transform them. Ahmed also provides her most sustained commentary on the figure of the feminist killjoy introduced in her earlier work while showing how feminists create inventive solutions--such as forming support systems--to survive the shattering experiences of facing the walls of racism and sexism. The killjoy survival kit and killjoy manifesto, with which the book concludes, supply practical tools for how to live a feminist life, thereby strengthening the ties between the inventive creation of feminist theory and living a life that sustains it.
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2017.
ISBN: 9780822363194
Branch Call Number: 305.4201 AHM
Characteristics: 299 pages :,illustrations


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Aug 09, 2017

This is a lovely book. The easy style, the humor, the manner in which she cites (first name last name) make it a joy to read. She has rhyme too... speculate, accumulate, citational, relational... How wonderful!

The chapter on Brick Walls is generally applicable... institutions, families - nuclear or extended, communities especially plural ones, etc. Well worth reading for anyone trying to make a change.

The section on academic walls is just outstanding.

At some point I was reminded of Bertha Wilson (former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada) who speaks of "the trap of an asexual abstraction in which human being is always declined in the masculine" (Will Women Judges Really Make a Difference? York University, February, 1990).

I was also reminded of Thurgood Marshall (former Justice of the Supreme Court of the US) rephrasing "We the People..." to "We the people are no longer enslaved" (The Constitution: A Living Document, Hawaii, May, 1987)

Look forward to reading more.

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