Geographies of subjectivity: locating feminist political subjects in Milan


Vacchelli, E. 2011. Geographies of subjectivity: locating feminist political subjects in Milan. Gender, Place and Culture. 18 (6), pp. 768-785.
TitleGeographies of subjectivity: locating feminist political subjects in Milan
AuthorsVacchelli, E.

This article explores activist women's changing subjectivities and how they sought to challenge the political and spatial order of gender relations in Milan from the late 1960s onwards. Feminist subjectivities have been shaped through the collective practice of consciousness-raising. The relational context of the narratives they established became important as a means of defining their political subjectivity and helped them to make sense of their identity in transformation. Drawing on Adriana Cavarero's Arendtian definition of the political, this article argues that feminist political subjectivity is shaped relationally through mutual self-exposure in the public sphere. In this way, exposure to others becomes a constitutive act contributing to an ongoing version of subjectivity. It is also, at the same time, the material condition for social and political life to take place. Contemporary versions of spatial practices such as separatism and consciousness-raising, it is argued, have the potential to inscribe women's role in Milan in an innovative way, especially when compared with the traditional modes of political representation.

JournalGender, Place and Culture
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Print01 Jan 2011
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Deposited25 Oct 2013
Output statusPublished
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Online ISSN: 1360-0524

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