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A rethinking of renowned political pursuits, this e-book seems to be at new, rising, mass visions and analyses their influence and power in new ways.

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Belief in the universal subordination of women and their international sisterhood was thus, for many, a central tenet of their feminism. This assumption of shared experience was to lead to increasing selfcriticism and fragmentation as over the 1970s and 1980s the movement became aware of difference, at first in terms of sexuality, and then later in terms of race (Mackey 1991:2). The critiques tore at the heart of Western feminism; it was accused of generalising from what were essentially white and middle-class experiences, of ethnocentricity, and of appropriating black women’s voices.

Marshall Plan or Martial Law? Becoming a doctoral student I started as a postgraduate at Sussex University with a three-year grant from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). My research proposal was to study the meeting of two global but local ideological systems, communism and Catholicism. I was inspired by David Kertzer (1980) and William Christian (1972), among others, but also critical of them for not, as I arrogantly argued, going far enough into the questions of meaning, identity and ideology that their work raised.

Every PCI rally, opening congress speech, or leader’s address would be prefaced with a lengthy exegesis of the ‘current historical phase’, including the latest perspectives on the international situation and its ramifications for national, regional and local affairs. I once commented on this with irony, saying ‘you can’t talk about the state of Perugia’s pavements without relating it to the price of the dollar or the latest policy decision of the Pentagon’. ’ In their view, American foreign policy and international capitalism were what set the agenda.

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