Contentious Politics Workshop
第7回 Francesca Polletta “Movements’ Cultural Impacts: Feminism in American Women’s Magazines, 1960-1990”
For the goals and logistics of the Contentious Politics Workshops, please click here
* Participants need to read the paper before the workshop starts. Please note that the presenter will not give a lecture on the contents of the paper during the workshop. span>
Contentious Politics Workshopsの概要についてはこちら
“Movements’ Cultural Impacts: Feminism in American Women’s Magazines, 1960-1990”
Speaker: Francesca POLLETTA（Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology at University of California, Irvine）
Discussant: Misha CADE (Graduate Student, Graduate Program on Global Society, The University of Tokyo)
Date & Time: 2022/01/28, Friday, 09:00-11:00 (JST)*
*Please note that this workshop will begin at 4 pm on January 27, Thursday, PST. The workshop paper will be available about one week before the workshop date. You will receive the information about the paper and the zoom link once you register for the workshop.
※Please register in advance of the workshop for the manuscript and the workshop URL using the link provided below.
Authors of the paper：
Francesca Polletta（Chancellor’s Professor of Sociology at University of California, Irvine）
Debra Boka (University of California, Irvine)
Caroline Martinez (University of California, Irvine)
Mutsumi Ogaki (University of California, Irvine)
Scholars know that the enduring impacts of social movements are often cultural ones. Movements change opinions, values, and beliefs. They make some behaviors inappropriate and others newly appealing. They create new collective actors and alter lines of status and prestige. Yet there has been relatively little systematic effort to theorize the conditions for movements’ cultural impacts. We examine the coverage of second-wave feminist ideas in the pages of American women’s magazines as measure of the movement’s cultural impact. With a combined circulation of over 50 million in 1970, magazines like Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, McCall’s, and Redbook reached women who were remote from movement centers. Contrary to the standard characterization of these magazines as chief conveyors of the cult of domesticity against which feminists struggled, we show that magazine industry norms, notably, a psychotherapeutic orientation to women’s needs and a dialogical orientation to readers’ voices, seeded the ground for strikingly feminist content. They led to articles and letters calling for women’s equality not just in the workplace, but also in the home. We use the case to theorize the role of popular cultural vehicles in changing public opinion about the issues targeted by a movement—but also to their role in limiting movements’ impact. Thus we show that the same industry norms that led women’s magazines to embrace feminism also led them to redefine feminism over the course of the 1970s in a way that detached it from the need for social change. Women’s magazines thus contributed both to the gender revolution and to the “stalled” character of that revolution.
討論者： Misha Cade （東京大学大学院総合文化研究科国際人材養成プログラム）
日時: 2022/01/28（金曜日）09:00-11:00 (JST)*