Juxtaposes feminist and queer activism in Britain and the United States in the face of resurgent conservatism during the 1980s.
The 1980s was a period of political and social tumult in Britain and the United States. Facing resurgent conservative forces, feminist and queer activists organized in ways that not only resisted conservative hegemony but also helped to forge new communities, communications, and futures. Resist, Organize, Build casts new light on grassroots campaigns in Britain and the US, looking at feminist and queer work on university campuses, within anti-racist and anti-imperialist movements, in reframing the family, reproduction, and health, and in the establishment of new magazines, book series, and publishing houses. The collection brings together emerging and established scholars to position historical work on the two national contexts side by side, drawing out similarities and differences. Taking care to center historically marginalized voices, the collection gives students and scholars insight into and examples of the work of activist groups in a time that has many resonances with our own.
Sarah Crook is Lecturer in Post–1800 European Social and Cultural History at Swansea University in Wales, United Kingdom. Charlie Jeffries is British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology at Birbeck, University of London in England, United Kingdom.
"…this collection will be especially valuable to undergraduate students who are looking to investigate queer and/or feminist histories and develop their own research … the editors have achieved a great feat in contributing a reflective volume that highlights and signals to the importance of fighting ongoing injustices, and yet enables the reader to step away with a greater sense of optimism towards the future." — Contemporary British History
"This book presents new, original scholarship based on extensive archival research and oral history. Most of the individuals, groups, and publications that are its focus have not been previously studied. By comparing the US and Britain and examining both feminist and queer activism, which often developed in tandem, the volume contributes a great deal to historical knowledge of social movements in this time period." — Tamar W. Carroll, author of Mobilizing New York: AIDS, Antipoverty, and Feminist Activism