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Les hommes dans les mouvements féministes français (1870-2010). Sociologie d'un engagement improbable.

Abstract : This dissertation examines an uncommon, socially unlikely form of activism: the involvement of men in French feminist movements, from their political emergence in the early times of the Third Republic to the present day (1870-2010). The research draws on a set of biographical interviews with male feminist activists as well as on a wide array of archives, and mobilizes both gender and social movements theories. Using the concept of " activist career ", I argue that men's feminist activism should be understood by paying close attention to their individual dispositions, their socialization experiences, their integration in political networks and the organizational context they are confronted with. I then distinguish between two main forms of men's activism in feminist groups: the humanist model, which is based on the idea of a universalistic political subject, and the identity model, which rests on the refusal of gender assignations. In both models, men's participation rests on the vision that feminism can be detached from women's specific experiences. This study therefore contributes to a better understanding of the political subject of feminism as well as, more broadly, of the political subject of identity-based movements.
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Alban Jacquemart. Les hommes dans les mouvements féministes français (1870-2010). Sociologie d'un engagement improbable.. Sociologie. Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), 2011. Français. ⟨tel-00608896⟩



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