Rose Capdevila, Department of Psychology, The Open University, UK.
LYSISTRATUS, LYSISTRATA, LYSISTRATUM: COCONSTRUCTING THE IDENTITIES OF MOTHER AND ACTIVIST
Article first published online: 2 NOV 2010
©2010 Division 35, American Psychological Association
Psychology of Women Quarterly
Volume 34, Issue 4, pages 530–537, December 2010
How to Cite
Capdevila, R. (2010), LYSISTRATUS, LYSISTRATA, LYSISTRATUM: COCONSTRUCTING THE IDENTITIES OF MOTHER AND ACTIVIST. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34: 530–537. doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6402.2010.01602.x
I would like to acknowledge the support of the British Academy.
- Issue published online: 2 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 2 NOV 2010
- Initial submission: September 15, 2009Initial acceptance: March 14, 2010Final acceptance: June 30, 2010
Instances of women's involvement in politics are prevalent both in the historical and cross-cultural literature. However, as we know, the involvement of some women in political life has not always produced greater access to political power for women in everyday life. This article aims to examine how the identities of mother and activist have been produced and brought together, or coconstructed, in published texts and in interviews conducted with women activists. The analysis aims to illustrate the usefulness of looking at contexts and relationships for empirical work in this area. In doing so the article unpacks the concepts of “mother,”“woman,”“politics,” and “activist” to argue that we can reach a more useful understanding of identity if we address these not as stable and pre-existing, but rather as shifting and multiply-determined, products.