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intimacy and affect as a key aspect beyond intersectionality and transversal politics –: Evidence from Swedish suburban feminism.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, Comparative Religion and Gender Studies. Centrum för genusstudier.
2007 (English)In: Second Nordic Geographers Meeting: Bergen, Norway, 14-19 June 2007, 2007Conference paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

This paper discusses the process about a series of meetings about local women’s efforts to get a meeting place where they could share problems and collective experiences from its life in a multicultural suburb. The meetings emerged as an interaction between a researcher, a local planner and networks aimed to empower women in local politics, planning and research agendas. One ambition during the meetings was to figure out a participative methodology to find a balance between different situated knowledge. We wanted also to test an anti-colonial methodology to be used in both planning and research.

Pertaining women’s concerns on empowerment they used different strategies to come together during the meetings. Initially they realised the different positioning they have both to each other and in the society when they interacted. In consequence they put into action an intersectionality approach to understand the way they become marginalised from influencing local politics and research and from becoming a stronger collective. Later on they worked with a strategy of action based on ‘transversal politics’ to get access to a meeting place for all women in the community. Further than these aspects it is an approach based on affect that made these common efforts to work more successfully at the end. Women explained that they could conduct all these efforts because they wanted to make some women happy. On the one hand they wanted to support activist that they have strong respect and affection for in the local community, and on the other hand they wanted to support the local developer (a local planner coordinator) that have shown a strong commitment with women and feminist perspectives in the local planning. They perceived that working for empowering women in such a place is very difficult. In consequence they agreed that it was necessary to work with an affective approach if they wanted to create a stronger sense of community and achieve better results. I will discuss whether these aspects are characteristic of the suburban feminism that takes place in some Swedish multicultural places.

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Keyword [en]
“Situated knowledge”, “translocational positionings”, “intersectionality”, “transversal politics”. “Participative planning”, “participative research”. “Intimacy”, “affect”, “suburban feminism”, “Sweden”
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Gender Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-11136OAI: diva2:177655
Available from: 2008-01-10 Created: 2008-01-10Bibliographically approved

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