I believe that meanings of the ‘personal’ are not static, but that they change through experience, and with knowledge. I am not talking about the personal as ‘immediate feelings expressed confessionally’ but as something that is deeply historical and collective – as determined by our involvement in collectivities and communities and through political engagement. In fact it is this understanding of experience and of the personal that makes theory possible. So for me, theory is a deepening of the political, not a moving away from it: a distillation of experience, and an intensification of the personal. The best theory makes personal experience and individual stories communicable.
- Theory and practice are not in opposition, but they presuppose each other