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Living Feminism

Living Feminism
The Impact of the Women's Movement on Three Generations of Australian Women


Part of Reshaping Australian Institutions

  • Date Published: November 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521465960

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  • In this rich, evocative and challenging 1997 book, Chilla Bulbeck examines the impact of feminism on ordinary Australian women. She argues that the impact of feminism on women's lives has been significant, even though many of the women whose lives have changed because of its influence shun the term 'feminist', or find feminism irrelevant. The lives of sixty women, whose own words and experiences make up most of this book, are set against broader changes in Australian society since the 1950s. These women reveal their attitudes to feminism, but the book's focus is on other aspects of their lives: growing up, education, work, marriage and divorce, motherhood and children, and sex and sexuality. Women of all ages, from various ethnic backgrounds, from cities and the country tell their stories. Partly a history of feminism, the book also unflinchingly considers whether feminism is only relevant to white, middle-class women.

    • A history of feminism in Australia from the perspective of ordinary women
    • Powerful and evocative stories of women's lives illustrate and place in context the theoretical content
    • Covers all the major subject areas within feminist studies: childhood, education, work, marriage, motherhood, sexuality
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    • Date Published: November 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521465960
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.41kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Women's Lives Through a Feminist Lens:
    1. Growing up as girls
    2. Training for life
    3. Work
    4. Marriage and motherhood
    Part II. Present and Future Feminisms:
    5. Finding feminism
    6. Is feminism a white middle-class movement?
    7. Beating the backlash
    Conclusion: feminist Futures?

  • Author

    Chilla Bulbeck, Griffith University, Queensland

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