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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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Trotskyism and the revolutionary self

Trotskyism and the revolutionary self

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Young Lives on the Left

Celia Hughes

Manchester University Press

This chapter follows the themes of the previous chapter to explore the specific social and psychological demands young Trotskyists faced in adapting their political language and social behaviour to the landscape of militant labour politics at a high-point of 1970s trade union struggles. Discussing the gendered dimension of revolutionary identity, it shows the challenges and contradictions of trying to reconcile everyday social and emotional life to a fraternal political culture that denied space for the personal. As men and women who were not directly committed to the sexual politics of the non-aligned left, but who were close enough to the movement to be aware of its politics, it argues that the stories of this far left cohort provide insight into the impact of Women’s Liberation on the everyday private life and subjectivity of individuals beyond the immediate vicinity of socialist feminist circles.

Keywords:   Women’s Liberation, Feminism, Trotskyism, Far Left, Revolutionary, Mother, Father, Love, Industrial unrest, Strikes

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