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Living Against Austerity

A Feminist Investigation of Doing Activism and Being Activist

By Emma Craddock

Published

11 Mar 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529205701

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
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Published

11 Mar 2020

Page count

224 pages

ISBN

978-1529205725

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press
£24.99 £19.99You save £5.00 (20%)
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    With austerity’s disproportionately heavy impact on women now apparent, this engaging book considers activism against it from a feminist perspective.

    Emma Craddock goes deep inside activist culture to explore the many cultural and emotional dimensions of political participation. She questions what motivates and enables protest and the role of gender within it, and considers the enabling aspects, solidarity and empathy of activism and the negative emotions and gender barriers associated with it.

    This is a lived-in study that gets to the heart of what it means to be an anti-austerity activist, and an important addition to social justice debate.

    “Emma Craddock has written a candid and sophisticated account of the existential tensions involved in anti-austerity activism.” Steve Fuller, University of Warwick

    Emma Craddock is Senior Lecturer in Health Research at Birmingham City University. Her research utilises a feminist methodology and a combination of qualitative research methods to produce an in-depth exploration of the ‘making’ and ‘practising’ of local anti-austerity activist cultures.

    Introduction

    Part 1: Establishing Context

    The theoretical context

    Establishing the Empirical and Political Context

    Part 2: Enabling and Constraining Factors of Political Participation

    What motivates and sustains anti-austerity activism?

    Barriers to doing activism

    The Activist Identity and its Problems

    The 'authentic' activist identity and issues of representation

    The 'ideal' activist identity and the dark side of activism

    The problematic construction of online versus offline activism

    Part 4: Concluding Remarks

    Subverting/ reinforcing neoliberalism: The complex ambivalence of anti-austerity

    References

    Appendix