Re-scripting women's collective action: Nationalist writing and the politics of gendered memory

Authors
Citation
D. Sutton, Re-scripting women's collective action: Nationalist writing and the politics of gendered memory, IDENTITIES, 5(4), 1999, pp. 469-500
Citations number
71
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Sociology & Antropology
Journal title
IDENTITIES-GLOBAL STUDIES IN CULTURE AND POWER
ISSN journal
1070-289X → ACNP
Volume
5
Issue
4
Year of publication
1999
Pages
469 - 500
Database
ISI
SICI code
1070-289X(199904)5:4<469:RWCANW>2.0.ZU;2-E
Abstract
This article considers the events of a three day protest against Italian ru le on the Greek island of Kalymnos in 1935 for what they can tell us about the way women's agency is conceptualized in narratives of national history. Depictions of these events by male and female writers ape contrasted, but also compared for their shared assumptions that limit women's roles to that of self-sacrificing mothers or to heroic fighters in a masculine mode. I c ounterpose these to my own reading of the events, based on recent reformula tions of the public and domestic domains in feminist ethnography of Greece. I suggest that such a reading provides "better scripts" by which Kalymnian women can reclaim tradition as models for action in the present.