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Third Wave and "Post Feminism"

Questions to ponder whilst you read…

  • Is there such a thing as the ‘third wave’? If so, how is it different from what went before?
  • Is there such a thing as a common experience of ‘womanhood’ around which feminists can unite?
  • Has third wave feminism been more successful in addressing questions of ‘difference’ around race, sexuality and class?
  • Why and in what ways might feminism be said to have declined or ‘dispersed’ in the last twenty years? Draw on your own experiences!

Core Reading

J. Dean, ‘Who’s Afraid of Third Wave Feminism? On the Uses of the “third wave” in British Feminist Politics’, International Feminist Journal of Politics 11:3, 334-352 (2009)

C. Scharff, Repudiating Feminism: Young Women in a Neo-Liberal World (2012)

Further Reading

Patel, ‘Third Wave Feminism and Black Women’s Activism’, in H. Safia Mirza, Black British Feminism (1997), 255-267

Hernandez & B. Rehman, Colonise This! Young Women of Color in Today’s Feminism (Berkeley: Seal Press, 2002)

J. Dean, Rethinking Contemporary Feminist Politics (2010)

A. McRobbie, The Aftermath of Feminism: Gender, Culture and Social Change (2009)

K. Aune & C. Redfern, Reclaiming the F Word: The New Feminist Movement (2010)

Gillis, G. Howie & R. Munford, Third Wave Feminism: A Critical Exploration (2004)

Budgeon , Third Wave Feminism and the Politics of Gender in Late Modernity (2011)