Rethinking the Personal and the Political: Feminist Activism and Civic Engagement

  title={Rethinking the Personal and the Political: Feminist Activism and Civic Engagement},
  author={Theresa Man Ling Lee},
  pages={163 - 179}
  • T. Lee
  • Published 17 September 2007
  • Sociology
  • Hypatia
The slogan “the personal is political” captures the distinctive challenge to the public-private divide posed by contemporary feminists. As such, feminist activism is not necessarily congruent with civic engagement, which is predicated on the paradoxical need to both bridge and sustain the public-private divide. Lee argues that rather than subverting the divide, the politics of the personal offers an alternative understanding of civic engagement that aims to reinstate individuals’ dignity and… 
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