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W.I.T.C.H. and Witchcraft in Radical Feminist Activism

Abstract In this paper, I explore the ways in which the radical feminist activist group W.I.T.C.H. (Women’s International Terrorist Conspiracy from Hell) uses the figure of the witch to establish a collective identity as a social movement by using the theoretical framework of identity work. I first draw on the existing scholarship surrounding the history of witchcraft, witch persecution, and radical feminism, and I then apply this history in conjunction with identity work theory to analyze the public persona of the recently revived W.I.T.C.H., specifically the group that brought this movement back: W.I.T.C.H. PDX. By looking at the strategies that W.I.T.C.H. employs in their protest, social media presence, website, and interviews, I examine how W.I.... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Schweigert, Laisa (Author) / Fahs, Breanne (Advisor) / Swank, Eric (Committee member) / Kirsch, Sharon J. (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Sociology / Women's studies / feminist protest / identity work / radical feminism / W.I.T.C.H. / witchcraft
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 53 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Social Justice and Human Rights 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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