Rose Scott: Vision and Revision in Feminism, 1880-1925

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Rose Scott: Vision and Revision in Feminism, 1880-1925

ISBN : 9780195548464
Publisher : OUP Australia and New Zealand
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Overview Rose Scott (1847-1925) is a central figure in the history of feminist thought and reform in Australia. Judith A Allen's pathbreaking study provides the first detailed account of Scott's remarkable record of cultural criticism and activism. Tracing several elements of that record, including Scott's place in a complex colonial family history, her diverse web of friendships and networks, her involvement with woman suffrage and with movements concerned with sexuality, pacifism, sex equality, social policy and government, Allen identifies a crucial transformation in Scott's feminism. In the 1980s and 1890s, Scott's initial feminist vision featured a united polity of women citizens working, through legal and political measures, to end the 'degradation'of their sex. By the 1920s Scott had revised her understanding and strategy toward a focus upon the cultural and discursive pursuit of sexual 'emancipation'. This shift represented the impact of Scott's confrontation with the political salience of differences of position and interests between women. Hitherto, such differences, including those organized around aboriginality, race, ethnicity, class, sexual and conjugal identities, had not thr

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