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Celia Hughes

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719091940

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719091940.001.0001

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New Left politics and Women’s Liberation

New Left politics and Women’s Liberation

(p.144) 4 New Left politics and Women’s Liberation
Young Lives on the Left

Celia Hughes

Manchester University Press

This chapter sets out the political transition on the left following the disintegration of the VSC in 1969, and explores the cultural and emotional changes accompanying this. Introducing the ‘new left’ politics of Women’s Liberation and non-aligned left groups, it presents a case study of a north London VSC branch, based in Camden Town, which in 1969 reformed away from the VSC to become a new left collective, the Camden Movement for People’s Power (CMPP). The story of CMPP and the Tufnell Park Women’s Liberation group presents a rarely told account of women and men’s political and personal experiences of the ‘new left’ women’s politics in its very early days. The chapter argues that the arrival of Women’s Liberation was more socially and emotionally complex than existing histories often suggest with far-reaching implications for every-day family life and friendships as well as political life.

Keywords:   New Left, Women’s Liberation, Emotion, Gender, Pre-figurative politics, 1968, Global, Community activism, Family, Memory

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