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The bodies of others in Swedish feminism

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The body – or, more specifically, women’s bodies – has long been one of feminism’s central topics. This discussion has ranged from explorations of the cultural meaning of biology to the challenging of classification systems regulating bodies not only culturally coded as female or male but also understood through race regimes. This article seeks to explore the location of bodies within Swedish feminism, examining how women’s bodies are understood, designated and acted upon in feminist agendas. Our focus is on the location that bodies take in political conflicts among and between feminists. In particular, we explore the impact of the presence of black bodies within the field of Swedish feminism. On a theoretical level, this article bridges decolonial feminist contributions of Black, Chicano and Latin American feminist thought on the body. The research methodology combined autoethnography with feminist ethnography, including an analysis of 25 narratives of young feminist activists engaged in public resistance against, and confrontation with, the growing presence of right-wing xenophobic social movements and political parties in the public sphere.
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Keywords: Body politics; Swedish feminism; poner el cuerpo; racism

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Institute of Sociology, Academy of Health and Welfare, University of Halmstad, Halmstad, Sweden 2: Department of Gender Studies, University of Lund, Lund, Sweden

Publication date: July 3, 2018

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