September 2021 Academic & Specialist Bristol University Press

Living Against Austerity: A Feminist Investigation of Doing Activism and Being Activist Emma Craddock

Paperback | Sep 2021 | Bristol University Press | 9781529205756 | 224pp | 234x156mm | RFB | AUD$64.99, NZD$79.99
Hardback | Mar 2020 | Bristol University Press | 9781529205701 | 224pp | 234x156mm | RFB | AUD$180.00, NZD$216.00

This accessible and engaging study of anti-austerity protest provides a valuable feminist perspective on activism at a time when austerity policy is disproportionately impacting women, bringing together lived experiences of activist culture and contextual analysis to explore the motivations and emotions associated with it-both positive and negative.

With austerity's disproportionately heavy impact on women now apparent, this engaging book considers activism against it from a feminist perspective. Emma Craddock goes deep inside activist culture to explore the many cultural and emotional dimensions of political participation. She questions what motivates and enables protest and the role of gender within it, and considers the enabling aspects, solidarity and empathy of activism and the negative emotions and gender barriers associated with it. This is a lived-in study that gets to the heart of what it means to be an anti-austerity activist, and an important addition to social justice debate.