Gender and Sexuality in 1968: Transformative Politics in the by Lessie Jo Frazier, Deborah Cohen

By Lessie Jo Frazier, Deborah Cohen

This particular quantity brings jointly literary critics, historians, and anthropologists from round the world to supply new understandings of gender and sexuality as they have been redefined in the course of the upheaval of 1968.

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Even as Cuba stood in solidarity with many of the postcolonial and independence struggles in developing nations, it strengthened its ties with the Soviets and in 1968 also began the infamous “five-year gray period” that entailed widespread repression of all forms of cultural expression on the island. Maguire finds that two particularly important films from 1968 each dealt with the question of commitment to the revolution in gendered terms, complicating the situating of particular places, marked as already revolutionary, in a panorama of transformative political ferment.

Perkins contends that by placing gender at the forefront of their experience of the movement and linking the personal with the political in these women’s push for a transformative action, they construct an alternative, gender-inf lected epistemology that challenges established ways of knowing. She links the production of a particular kind of alternative knowledge with the process of coming to a non-normative position of knowing, anchored in and constituted by the gendered practice of activism, thus offering a glimpse at possibilities we might find when we bring these two strands, the social historical and the cultural-political, together.

Com - licensed to University of South Florida - PalgraveConnect - 2011-04-30 20 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 21 see Winifred Breines, The Trouble Between Us: An Uneasy History of White and Black Women in the Feminist Movement (New York: Oxford, 2006). , The Bridge Called My Back, Writings by Radical Women of Color (New York: Kitchen Table/Women of Color, 1984). Barbara Ransby makes a similar point in connecting the sixties to prior activism in her beautiful biography, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2003).

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