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This is the first book-length account of the women's liberation movement in Scotland, which, using documentary evidence and oral testimony, charts the origins and development of this important social movement of the post-1945 period. In doing so, it reveals the inventiveness and fearlessness of feminist activism, while also pointing towards the importance of considering the movement from the local and grassroots perspectives, presenting a more optimistic account of the enduring legacy of women's liberation. Not only does this book uncover the reach of the WLM but it also considers what case studies of women's liberation can tell us about the ways in which the development of the movement has been portrayed. Previous accounts have tended to equate the fragmentation of the movement with weakness and decline. This book challenges this conclusion, arguing that fragmentation led to a diffusion of feminist ideas into wider society. In the Scottish context, it led to a lively and flourishing feminist culture where activists highlighted important issues such as abortion and violence against women.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. List of tables
  2. p. viii
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  1. List of figures
  2. p. ix
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. x-xi
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  1. Note on the text
  2. p. xii
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  1. List of abbreviations
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. 1. The women’s liberation movement in context
  2. pp. 11-20
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  1. 2. The women of the movement
  2. pp. 21-44
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  1. 3. Finding their anger in consciousness-raising
  2. pp. 45-62
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  1. 4. Women’s liberation in the local context
  2. pp. 63-80
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  1. 5. Building a network
  2. pp. 81-110
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  1. 6. Abortion: a woman’s right to choose
  2. pp. 111-139
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  1. 7. Violence against women
  2. pp. 140-177
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 178-188
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  1. Appendix I: Short biographies of oral history interviewees
  2. pp. 189-191
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  1. Appendix II: The seven demands of the women’s liberation movement in Britain
  2. p. 192
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 193-206
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 207-217
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781526112255
MARC Record
OCLC
981871401
Pages
240
Launched on MUSE
2017-04-09
Language
English
Open Access
No
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