Prefiguring Feminist Judgment in International Law

Forthcoming, T Lavers and L Hodson (eds), Feminist Judgments in International Law, Hart Publishing (2019)

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 826

14 Pages Posted: 3 Jul 2019 Last revised: 5 Jul 2019

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Hilary Charlesworth

University of Melbourne - Law School; Australian National University (ANU)

Date Written: July 3, 2019

Abstract

Prefigurative politics is a form of activism harnessing theories of social change. In essence, it means a group’s adoption of structures and styles of reasoning that the group is promoting, a modelling of the desired political and social outcomes; the aphorism ‘be the change you want to see’ sums up the practice of prefiguration. The term ‘prefigurative tradition’ first emerged in the 1970s in the context of Marxist methods, describing them as a movement embodying ‘within the ongoing political practice … those forms of social relations, decision-making, culture, and human experience that are the ultimate goal.’ The idea was that Marxist prefigurative politics would undermine ‘the division of labor between everyday life and political activity.’ The women’s camp at Greenham Common, established in 1981 to protest against the presence of Cruise missiles at a US Air Force base in the United Kingdom, was a prefigurative venture in challenging traditional family structures. Another example is the Occupy! movement in 2011, which set out to establish public spaces in the heart of large urban areas where free food, medical care and education were available.

Keywords: prefigurative, international law

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Charlesworth, Hilary, Prefiguring Feminist Judgment in International Law (July 3, 2019). Forthcoming, T Lavers and L Hodson (eds), Feminist Judgments in International Law, Hart Publishing (2019); U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 826. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3414099

Hilary Charlesworth (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Law School ( email )

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185 Pelham Street, Carlton
Victoria, Victoria 3010
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Australian National University (ANU) ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

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