“Third Wave” Femininities: Cultural Intelligibility and the Category of Experience in Third Wave Discourses
This paper will seek to identify points of conceptual continuity across the second and third wave movements of feminism and their consequences for understanding gender identities in late modernity. Recent writings by young women declare the emergence of a new wave of feminism. Autobiographical accounts play a significant role within claims being made about the nature of this movement. This paper will argue that these writings force feminism to consider the role of grounded, daily experiences which young women claim as central to their identities. The role such claims may contribute to epistemological debates regarding the nature and meaning of the feminist theoretical project will be addressed.
Keywords: third wave feminism, gender identity, feminist theory, young women
Dr. Shelley Budgeon
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Birmingham
Her current research looks at the ethics of friendship, non-conventional partner relationships, and narratives of belonging within the context of emergent cultures of intimacy in post-war Britain. She has co-edited a special issue of Current Sociology, “Beyond the Conventional Family: Intimacy, Care and Community in the 21st Century” which addresses the practice and meaning of care in non-familial settings.