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PART II Activisms

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87 SIX Activism Within countries where abortion is restricted or under threat, groups have organised on an international, regional and local basis to lobby governments and campaign for women’s right to safe and legal abortion, as well as seeking ways to work within, and where necessary circumvent, the law, to provide access to abortion. This chapter offers insight into a number of highly successful organisations such as Women Help Women, inroads, Abortion Support Network, the International Campaign for Women’s Right to Safe Abortion and Amnesty

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53 FOUR Enterprising activism Introduction In this chapter, we explore how the changing politics of the third sector under austerity problematises minority women’s intersectional social justice claims in Scotland, England and France. In particular, we examine how the transformation of the third sector in each country into a ‘governable terrain’ (Carmel and Harlock 2008) for state social welfare service delivery entrenches an ‘enterprise culture’ that valorises neoliberal principles and behaviours, which in turn undermines and misrecognises minority women

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The Politics of Everyday Life
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What kinds of care are being offered or withdrawn by the welfare state? What does this mean for the caring practices and interventions of local activists?

Shedding new light on austerity and neoliberal welfare reform in the UK, this vital book considers local action and activism within contexts of crisis, including the COVID-19 pandemic.

Presenting compelling case studies of local action, from protesting cuts to children’s services to local food provisioning and support for migrant women, this book makes visible often unseen practices of activism. It shows how the creativity and persistence of such local practices can be seen as enacting wider visions of how care should be provided by society.

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95 5 Barriers to Doing Activism We saw in Chapter 4 that participants speak about activism as both a responsibility and rooted in the everyday. A key part of this is the idea that everyone can and should do activism; participants stress ‘doing what you can’. However, this chapter will demonstrate that not everyone can do activism, highlighting that it requires a certain privilege that is not always recognised by participants. Having explored the enabling and positive features of anti-austerity activism, this chapter unpacks the constraining factors that

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the nature of data and the qualities of knowledge generated through digitally enabled activism. Here, I am particularly drawn to the critique of big data, much of this work inspired by Rob Kitchin and others. The tendency to equate data with a true representation of the city is problematic given the messy work of deliberative democracy and the need for problem solving that is contextually appropriate ( Kitchin and McArdle, 2016 ). Chapter 4 showed how misguided policy around the food system, for example, can impact livelihoods. Knowing the messy city through

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67 PART II Doing Activism: Enabling and Constraining Factors Having outlined the theoretical and empirical context of the research that this book draws on in Part I, Part II draws on the data produced from interviews and participant observation to explore what motivates and sustains anti-austerity activism, as well as the barriers and exclusions that prevent individuals from becoming politically active. It reveals that these are often gendered and explores possibilities for overcoming them.

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Introduction In this chapter I explore experiences of local activism among diverse women, with a focus on care, the lifecourse and the self, as part of the patternings of the politics of everyday life I am concerned with. I follow individual research participants’ ‘journeys’ or ‘stories’ into and through local activism and action of different kinds, presenting interview and other data across a number of research projects. In so doing, I draw out common themes about how different individuals might enter and sustain activism at a range of scales. This also

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PART III Justice, Equity and Activism

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Learning from Feminist Anti-Violence Activists
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How can we reimagine the relationship between academia and activism to provide new opportunities for social change?

Based on an ethnography with an anti-violence feminist collective, this vibrant and vital book develops an interdisciplinary approach to activism and activist research, helping us reimagine the role of scholarship in the fight against social inequality.

With its reflections on novel tools that can be utilized in the fight for social justice, this book will be a valuable resource for academics in critical management studies, sociology, gender studies, and social work as well as practitioners and policymakers across the social services sector.

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