Performing Gender, Enacting Community: Women, Whiteness, and Belief in Contemporary Public Demonstrations
This dissertation examines strategic uses of gendered bodies in contemporary gender-focused political protests, celebrations, and vigils in Minneapolis, Atlanta, New York, Oakland, and Washington DC. I explore how these public performances in the United States overlap with racial inclusions and exclusions in local events, including Code Pink actions, Dyke Marches, Women in Black vigils, and Take Back the Night Marches, and at national protests, such as the 2004 March for Women's Lives and Million Mom March. I apply gender analysis developed in queer theory to women's public protests in order to address the variety of genders available and the limits of normative gender performances. In addition, this project utilizes critical race studies and performance studies in order to assess how genders are expressed within racialized contexts and on racialized bodies. These theoretical frameworks form the basis of my argument that public protests should be examined as cultural phenomenon rather than simply tactics utilized by social movements.
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PERFORMANCE BODIES AND BELIF IN
Racialized Gender Embodiment Political Belief and Public Cultures
Movements Emotions Public Cultures and the Right to the City
The Structure of the Dissertation
The Contemporary Context 70
Lingerie Liberty and Shocking Pink
WOMEN IN BLACK TAKE BACK THE NIGHT
THE MARCH FOR WOMENS
Mothers and Others Marching for Childrens Lives
Familial Grief and Political Action
For Whose Protection?
Demonstrating Family Ties and Generational Conflict
Whose Message? Whose March?
Demonstrating Female Power in the Masculine Public Sphere
Costuming Connection and Community
How Subversive is White Heteronormative Femininity?
Female Bodies in Public
Mobilizing White Feminine Female Bodies
Measuring Elusive Effects and Affects
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