Innocent Subjects Feminism and Whiteness

Terese Jonsson (Author)


Publisher: Pluto Press
Format: Book
Binding: pb
Pages: 240
Released: December 29, 2020
ISBN-13: 9780745337500

In a time of intensified global white supremacist and patriarchal violence, anti-racist feminist movements and analyses have never been more vital. Women of color are at the forefront of these struggles worldwide—but are white feminists really by their side?

Despite a rich history of Black and postcolonial critiques of racist and imperial feminist politics, racism still exists within contemporary British feminism. To explain why, Terese Jonsson examines the history of feminism over the last forty years. She argues that Black feminism's role in shaping the movement has been marginalized through narratives which repeatedly position white women at the center of the story, from the women's liberation movement in the 1970s to today.

Analyzing the ways in which whiteness continues to pervade feminist literature, as well as feminist debates in the liberal media, Jonsson demonstrates that, despite an increased attention to race, intersectionality and difference, stories told by white feminists are shaped by their desire to maintain an "innocent" position towards racism.

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