Author: Jennifer Fraser
Title: Claims-Making in Context
Subtitle: Forty Years of Canadian Feminist Activism on Violence Against Women
Thesis: Ph.D. Thesis, University of Ottawa
Pages: x + 326pp.
Link: Library and Archives Canada (Free Access)
Link: uO Research (Free Access)
»Feminist activism has a rich history in Canada, but mobilization on the issue of violence against women specifically gained considerable momentum during what is often referred to as the “second wave” of the feminist movement. Since this time, the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec have seen a proliferation of both grassroots and public policy responses to intimate partner violence and sexual violence. This study is an effort to construct a feminist history of the activism that occurred between 1970 and 2010, as well as to make sense of feminist claims-making strategies using a social constructionist approach to social problems and to make sense of feminist activism as a social movement using social movement impact theory. In constructing a feminist history, documents from the Canadian Women’s Movement Archives were consulted and interviews with current and former feminist activists were conducted. The historical component of this study focuses on how feminist activists first recognized and responded to the problem of violence against women.
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Added: December 20, 2014 – Last updated: December 20, 2014