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LAGALISSE, Erica : The Limits of "Radical Democracy" : A Gender Analysis of "Anarchist" Activist Collectives in Montreal

vendredi 13 juillet 2012, par ps

Altérités, vol. 7, no 1, 2010 : 19-38.


Drawing on ethnographic research among activist collectives in Montreal, Quebec, this paper illustrates how two contemporary “anarchist” movements are characterized by gendered divisions of labour, voice, and priorities despite a nominal commitment to “radical democracy” and egalitarian values. Contemporary anarchist activism synthesizes critiques of the State drawn from late 19th and early 20th century anarchist movements, with anti-authoritarian organizational forms developed by feminist movements in the 1970s and 1980s (i.e. consensus decision-making, a focus on “means matching ends”). However, the feminist call for a “politics of everyday life” appears to have been fetishized in systems of formal procedures that govern meetings within the public sphere ; process-oriented aspects of feminism have been institutionalized in these new movements, while gender relations remain private and un-interrogated.

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