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Individual Paper: Spaces of resistance in the Irish Repeal-movement

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The thesis explores how spaces of resistance are created by pro-choice groups in the Republic of Ireland, mobilizing for a repeal of the eighth amendment which criminalizes abortion. More specifically, I explore where and how are spaces for resistance, mobilization and protest are formed. I show how these spaces may be simultaneously supported and hindered by infrastructural and societal conditions, enabling and hindering equal representation and participation. I argue that newly formed groups enable new spaces and forms of belonging in the movement.

The thesis is based on in-depth interviews with activists and representatives of groups and organisations who are part of the Coalition to repeal the eight amendment. Exploring the concept of space and specifically spaces where resistance is formed and performed, I draw from Henri Lefebvre, Doreen Massey, Judith Butler, Chantal Mouffe and Nira Yuval-Davis, among others. The concepts of space, resistance and politics of belonging are understood through a decolonial, intersectional and transnational theoretical lens and based on qualitative data collection.

I also draw from previously conducted participant observations, conducted during an individual research project in which I explored stories of cross-border travel for abortion services (from Ireland to England) (Bodelsson 2017). Using ethnography and netnography, I analysed the act of telling stories as a collective practice involving political mobilisation and renegotiations of gender and politics of belonging, forming new forms of ‘home’ and politics of belonging.

To conclude, I aim to contribute to a deepened understanding of how diverse and inclusive spaces of resistance may be both hindered by structural inequalities and infrastructural conditions and achieved by a wide representation of groups collaborating for a shared aim, to repeal the eighth amendment.


Day: 2018-08-24
Start time: 11:00
Duration: 00:15
Room: ABF (210)
Track: Care, gender and feminism



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