Feminist political action : the case of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp.
The thesis is a sociological study of the Greenham Common
Women's Peace Camp. It addresses the question of how it is
possible for women to act collectively to promote social
change: primarily, to resist and transform relations of
male domination and female subordination, and, secondarily,
to resist the forces of militarism. It highlights the
importance for feminist sociology of theoretical and
substantive attention to women's agency. The thesis offers
an analysis of the origins of Greenham, thereby developing
a critique of the gender-ignorance of previous theoretical
work on social movements and arguing the importance of
attention to macro-, ineso- and micro-level processes in the
studying of the creation of collective politA.cal action.
The particular character and ethos of Greenham as a form of
feminist politics is explored, both in terms of the
internal workings of the movement and in its actions
confronting the outside world. The responses of the forces
which were challenged by Greenham are analyzed, in order to
assess its impact. Finally, the transformations in
consciousness and identity experienced by women who had
been involved with Greenham are discussed, contributing
both theoretically and substantively to feminist
understandings of women's consciousness and identity.