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How women take up political space: Through the eyes of women in the peace movement

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dc.contributor.author Morgan, Sarah
dc.date.accessioned 2014-02-28T20:51:28Z
dc.date.available 2014-02-28T20:51:28Z
dc.date.issued 2014-01-31
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10587/1287
dc.description.abstract Using a transformative holistic feminist analysis, this thesis examines ideas, organizations and actions of women in the peace movement at a time when politicians still treat war as a priority, despite their avowals of peace. Feminist grounded theory methodology supported the development of the concept of women’s space as a tool to explore how two peace groups, The Voice of Women and The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and their leaders, worked to create spaces of peace over time. Vigils, the persistent presence of women standing for peace in the public sphere, were identified as particularly significant transformative spaces as were women’s organizations themselves. Connections formed within women’s feminist spaces contrast with separations inherent in patriarchal culture. This research found that women-only feminist spaces of peace strengthen women’s voices. Within these groups, peace is envisioned as more than the absence of war, and the implementation of ideas orientated towards change is strategized. These spaces can facilitate women’s permanent presence within the public political sphere, an analysis mirrored in historical feminist peace literature, in particular that by Virginia Woolf. This thesis concludes with feminist theorists who have proposed concepts such as those in Ecofeminism and the Gift Economy that come out of a holistic analysis and display elements of a new paradigm. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Mount Saint Vincent University en_US
dc.subject Feminism en_US
dc.subject Peace movement en_US
dc.subject Pacifism en_US
dc.subject Voice of Women en_US
dc.subject Peace studies en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.advisor Christiansen-Ruffman, Linda
dc.title How women take up political space: Through the eyes of women in the peace movement en_US


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