The Feminist Citizen-Subject: It’s not About Choice, It’s About Changing It All

Kondakov A. (2017) The Feminist Citizen-Subject: It’s not About Choice, It’s About Changing It All. Feminist Legal Studies, 25(1): 47-69.

Springer

This article ties together two different sources related to the Trial of Pussy Riot in Russia in 2012. On the one hand, I consider legal documents, such as court proceedings, police reports, and the sentence. On the other, I analyse a life-history interview with one of the accused, thus giving her a voice that is not mediated by juridical institutions within criminal law procedure. This allows an analysis of two different subject positions produced by these texts: a conformist citizen and a feminist activist-citizen. I pay more attention to the latter. I conclude that in order to retain an activist position, the feminist subject has no option but to resist.