Re-theorizing feminist community development: towards a radical democratic citizenship

A. Emejulu

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In this paper, I analyse and critique the different ways in which identity is constructed within the dominant feminist community development discourses in the United Kingdom. Using a post-structuralist discourse analysis framework, I examine how essentialist claims of homogeneity in 'women's' identities and experiences misrecognize and oftentimes exclude some women's interests - especially those women who seek to mobilize intersectional social justice claim-making by drawing on their 'race', ethnicity, religion, sexuality and/or disability. In order to recognize difference between and within different kinds of women, I argue that feminist community development needs to reconstruct the identity of the feminist political agent. Rather than constituting the agent as an unproblematic and stable 'woman', I contend that this identity must be decentred in favour of 'radical democratic citizen' who is not constituted by essentialized gender claims but by claims to radical democracy, equality and justice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)378-390
Number of pages13
JournalCommunity Development Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011


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