“Third Wave” Femininities: Cultural Intelligibility and the Category of Experience in Third Wave Discourses

Dr. Shelley Budgeon
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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
Stream: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Gender
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Shelley Budgeon

Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Birmingham
Birmingham, W. Midlands, UK

Shelley specialises in the sociology of gender and feminist theory. Prior to coming to Birmingham Shelley was a Research Fellow at the University of Leeds working on the ESRC programme Care, Values and the Future of Welfare. Broadly her interests include feminist theory and epistemology, gender relations, cultural and social theory, ethics, the body, identity, sexuality, and intimacy and personal relationships. Her recent research has examined gender within the context of social change. This includes the formation of identity by young women in relation to social transformations which allow for a greater degree of autonomy in creating self-identity which constitutes the subject of her monograph Choosing a Self: Young Women and the Individualisation of Identity. She has published on the meaning and relevance of post-feminism both as a recuperative discourse and as a way to rethink the feminist project in Women’s Studies International Forum and the European Journal of Women’s Studies.

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.

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