Knowing feminism: the significance of formal education to women’s accounts of 'becoming feminist'

Guest, Carly ORCID logoORCID: (2016) Knowing feminism: the significance of formal education to women’s accounts of 'becoming feminist'. Gender and Education, 28 (3) . pp. 471-476. ISSN 0954-0253 [Article] (doi:10.1080/09540253.2016.1167842)

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Educational spaces have long provided opportunities for politicisation and activism. However, research into the processes through which students become politicised can often focus on participation in recognised forms of political action, thereby ignoring the multiple factors active in developing a political consciousness. This paper draws on narrative interviews with feminist women to consider the importance of education to their experience of becoming feminist. It considers how, for a particular group of women who were all students or recent graduates of non-STEM disciplines, academic feminism formed an important part of their narrative of becoming feminist. Each of the women referred to having a long-standing feminist inclination, instinct or feeling and indicated that studying academic feminism offered them the tools for reflecting on and articulating this.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Criminology and Sociology
Item ID: 25837
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Gender and Education on 04/04/2016, available online:
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Depositing User: Carly Guest
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2018 13:15
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 21:59

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