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Gender, Emancipation, and Political Violence

Rethinking the Legacy of 1968, 1st Edition

Edited by Sarah Colvin, Katharina Karcher


164 pages

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This volume presents and interrogates both theoretical and artistic expressions of the revolutionary, militant spirit associated with "1968" and the aftermath, in the specific context of gender.

The contributors explore political-philosophical discussions of the legitimacy of violence, the gender of aggression and peaceability, and the contradictions of counter violence; but also women’s artistic and creative interventions, which have rarely been considered. Together the chapters provide and provoke a wide-ranging rethink of how we read not only "1968" but more generally the relationship between gender, political violence, art and emancipation.

This work will be of great interest to students and scholars of protest and violence in the fields of history, politics and international relations, sociology, cultural studies, and women’s studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction [Sarah Colvin and Katharina Karcher]

PART I: On The (Gendered) Political Legitimacy of Violence

1. On the Legitimacy of Violence as a Political Act: Hannah Arendt, Susan Sontag, Ulrike Meinhof and Bernadine Dohrn [Ingrid Gilcher-Holtey]

2. ‘Deeds Not Words!’ A Comparative Analysis of Feminist Militancy in Pre- and Post-1968 Europe [Katharina Karcher]

3. ‘But What about our Fury?’ Political Violence as Feminist Practice [Patricia Melzer]

PART II: Creative Resistance

4. 1968, Take Two: The Militancy of Nina Simone [Charity Scribner]

5. Women, Words and Images, 1968: Textual/Sexual Politics in Helke Sander’s The Subjective Factor [Mererid Puw Davies]

6. Aesthetic Motions of Resistance in Feminist Creative Work [Carrie Smith]

PART III: The Contradictions and Limits of Emancipatory Violence

7. Aggression and Peaceability: Masculine Drives and Feminist Visions in the Writings of Alexander Mitscherlich and Margarete Mitscherlich-Nielsen [Barbara Becker-Cantarino]

8. Serious Harm to Bodies: Contradictions of Anti-Masculinist Violence in the 1970s [Julian Bourg]

9. Anti, Anti, Anti! Counterviolence and Anti-Sexism in Hamburg’s Autonomous Rote Flora [Ali Jones]

About the Editors

Sarah Colvin is the Schröder Professor of German at the University of Cambridge. Her recent publications include Ulrike Meinhof and West German Terrorism (2009), Women and Death: Warlike Women in the German Literary and Cultural Imagination (co-editor, 2009) and The Routledge Handbook of German Politics and Culture (editor; Routledge 2015).

Katharina Karcher is Lecturer in German Cultural Studies at the University of Bristol. Her research interests include feminist theory, European women’s movements, and the history of political protest, extremism and violence in the Federal Republic of Germany. She is the author of ‘Sisters in Arms?’ – Militant Feminisms in the Federal Republic of Germany since 1968 (2017).

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Gender and Global Politics

In this series, we aim to publish books that work with, and through, feminist insights on global politics, and illuminate the ways in which gender functions not just as a marker of identity but also as a constitutive logic in global political practices. This series welcomes scholarship on any aspect of global political practices, broadly conceived, that pays attention to the ways in which gender is central to, (re)produced in, and is productive of, such practices.

There is growing recognition both within the academy and in global political institutions that gender matters in and to the practices of global politics. From the governance of peace and security, to the provision of funds for development initiatives, via transnational advocacy networks linked through strategic engagement with new forms of media, these processes have a gendered dimension that is made visible through empirically grounded and theoretically sophisticated feminist work.

The series aims to be genuinely global in scope. We welcome submissions from scholars in/of the global South and support scholars for whom English is a second or other language through the publication process with dedicated editorial assistance. The series is also multi-disciplinary, publishing work from across the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences with a global aspect and political focus.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies