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dc.contributor.advisorPankhurst, Donna T.
dc.contributor.advisorMacaulay, Fiona
dc.contributor.authorAbye, Tigest*
dc.date.accessioned2018-05-14T15:18:22Z
dc.date.available2018-05-14T15:18:22Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10454/15864
dc.description.abstractThrough the life story narratives of Ethiopian women activists, this research explores the journey of Ethiopian women activists during three political and historical periods (1955–1974; 1974–1991; 1991–2015). Thus, the study proposes a new perspective on the forms of Ethiopian women’s activism and subsequently the different types of feminism emerging from their narratives. Through examination of how the activists reflect on, reconstruct and give meaning to their life stories, this research unravels that their activism is informed by feminist principles. It also exposes that it is shaped by a long history of resistance to patriarchy, which enabled women in traditional Ethiopia to negotiate a certain level of “autonomy and liberty”. Contrary to the general expectation, the research demonstrates that the process of modernization (read: westernization) came with its own structure based on western patriarchy, and reinforced local patriarchy. In this new, formalized patriarchy, the rights that women had negotiated through their resistance in earlier times were diminished. This study on women activists, categorized for the purpose of this research as pioneers, revolutionaries and negotiators, suggests that Ethiopian women activists have since adopted different forms of engagement that tend to improve the social, cultural, economic and political conditions of Ethiopian women. Consequently, I argue that, while Ethiopian women’s activism and feminism is firmly embedded in the history of resistance of previous generations of Ethiopian women, the form of activism varies according to the political and historical context in which the activists negotiate and adapt the way they act.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.rights<a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/"><img alt="Creative Commons License" style="border-width:0" src="http://i.creativecommons.org/l/by-nc-nd/3.0/88x31.png" /></a><br />The University of Bradford theses are licenced under a <a rel="license" href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/">Creative Commons Licence</a>.eng
dc.subjectFeminismen_US
dc.subjectActivismen_US
dc.subjectAfrican feminismen_US
dc.subjectGenderen_US
dc.subjectPatriarchyen_US
dc.subjectEthopiaen_US
dc.subjectLife-story narrativesen_US
dc.subjectSubalternen_US
dc.subjectRevolutionen_US
dc.subjectArmed struggleen_US
dc.subjectWomen activistsen_US
dc.titleLife story narratives of Ethiopian women activists: the journey to feminist activismen_US
dc.type.qualificationleveldoctoralen_US
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Bradfordeng
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Peace Studies and International Developmenten_US
dc.typeThesiseng
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen_US
dc.date.awarded2016
refterms.dateFOA2018-07-29T01:44:30Z


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