Pulling together in a crisis? Anarchism, feminism and the limits of left-wing convergence in austerity Britain

Bice Maiguashca*, Jonathan Dean, Daniel Keith

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this article, we examine three key, recently emergent sites of anti-austerity activism in Britain – Left Unity, the People’s Assembly and Occupy – in order to explore to what extent and in which ways the traditional British left is in the process of reconfiguring itself. More specifically, we explore the ‘points of contact’ being developed, or not, amongst feminist, anarchist and Marxist/socialist activists. We argue that if we are seeing a mutation of the left at present, it concerns a noticeable (if partial and contested) ‘feminist turn’ in terms of the composition, ideas and practices of these sites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-57
Number of pages21
JournalCapital and Class
Issue number1
Early online date27 Jan 2016
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Anarchism
  • feminism
  • left politics
  • Left Unity
  • Occupy LSX
  • People’s Assembly

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