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dc.contributor.advisorAnderson, Carol S., 1958-
dc.contributor.advisorElman, R. Amy, 1961-
dc.contributor.authorJames, Catherine
dc.date.accessioned2009-12-23T18:11:21Z
dc.date.available2009-12-23T18:11:21Z
dc.date.issued2000
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10920/11889
dc.descriptioniii, 257 p.
dc.description.abstractIn this Senior Individualized Project I analyze the women's self-defense movement that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It is not a comprehensive history of the movement, nor is it an instruction guide (or how-to manual) to women's self-defense. Rather, this project is an analysis of the women's self-defense movement as it emerged and changed over the years, culminating in a vision for the future. I assert that women's self-defense is a distinct movement that emerged from the women's antiviolence movement. Despite these early connections with the feminist movement over the years the women's self-defense movement has become less political. This ultimately threatens the very existence of the women's self-defense movement. Feminists must critically analyze the women's self-defense movement and determine its future in order to preserve the analysis and activism that distinguished women's self-defense from a general self-defense or martial arts. Ultimately, I argue for the need of women' s self-defense and that in order for the women's self-defense movement to persist, the connection between feminism and women's self-defense that has historically existed must be re-established.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.relation.ispartofKalamazoo College Political Science Senior Individualized Projects Collection
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSenior Individualized Projects. Political Science.;
dc.rightsU.S. copyright laws protect this material. Commercial use or distribution of this material is not permitted without prior written permission of the copyright holder.
dc.titleWomen's Self-Defense: A Critical Analysis of the Movementen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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