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The Politics of Child Sexual AbuseEmotions, Social Movements, and the State$
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Nancy Whittier

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195325102

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325102.001.0001

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The Politics of Visibility

The Politics of Visibility

Coming Out, Activist Art, and Emotional Change

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(p.167) 7 The Politics of Visibility
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The Politics of Child Sexual Abuse
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Nancy Whittier (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195325102.003.0008

This chapter traces the development of a repoliticized self‐help movement focused on visibility politics in the wake of the countermovement. It discusses the construction of a repoliticized collective identity among survivor activists, their understanding of self‐help as political, and their emphasis on identity disclosure, or coming out, as a political tactic. The chapter discusses the notion of visibility politics as including activist art, speak‐outs, and identity disclosures in daily life. It analyzes the tactical implications of identity disclosure and emotional transformation within social movements, and discusses the role of visibility politics in social movements more generally.

Keywords:   survivor movement, self‐help, art, coming out, collective identity, emotion, tactics

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