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After the Red Army FactionGender, Culture, and Militancy$
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Charity Scribner

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231168649

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231168649.001.0001

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Beyond Militancy

Beyond Militancy

(p.1) Introduction Beyond Militancy
After the Red Army Faction

Charity Scribner

Columbia University Press

This book explores gender-related questions about the Red Army Faction (RAF), a Far Left militant group that was masterminded by women and terrorized West Germany from the 1970s to the 1990s. It revisits the debates about the aestheticization of politics in relation to critical theory and German self-understanding in the decades that immediately preceded and followed World War II, and how these debates have shifted with the strikes of the Far Left in the 1970s and 1980s and, more recently, with the return of terrorism to European cities. To answer this question, the book analyzes postmilitant culture—the charged field of literature, art, and criticism that responds to militancy and political violence. The focus is on the response to the West German armed struggle. The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 links the evolution of the RAF to important developments in postwar politics and society, including the emergence of second-wave feminism. Part 2 considers the response to the RAF's actions to a number of theoretical exchanges.

Keywords:   gender, Red Army Faction, Far Left, women, West Germany, politics, terrorism, postmilitant culture, militancy, political violence

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