Feminist collective memory and nostalgia in gynaecological self-help

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Feminist collective memory and nostalgia in gynaecological self-help in contemporary Europe

Gynaecological self-help, a well-known and historical feminist practice from the Second Wave movements which aims at embodying a radical alternative to traditional reproductive politics, is resurging today in France, Switzerland and Belgium. Drawing on empirical observations and interviews, this article questions the links between feminist memory of self-help, the shaping of nostalgia and the production of a political feminist ‘we’. Born at the end of the 1960s in the United States, feminist self-help travelled internationally and was appropriated differently depending on national contexts. This ‘glorious’ history of self-help and, more importantly, its narrated memory, is central to contemporary European self-help activism, as observed in the three national contexts. Drawing on this insight, this article reveals the active memory-oriented emotional work of self-help activists. It examines the ways in which nostalgia for an imagined and lost past is actively and practically produced and encouraged in social movement practices, and highlights the specificity of the kind of collective feminist identity that it shapes and promotes in contemporary self-help politics.

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Autor_innen:

Lucile Quéré, Eléonore Lépinard and Lucile Quéré

Verlag:

European Journal of Women's Studies, Volume 28 Issue 3, August 2021

Sprachen:

Englisch

Jahr:

2021

Forschungsthemen:

Emotionen – Affekte
Körper
Gesundheit – Medizin

Fächer:

Gender Studies, Soziologie

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