9780813344447

Women's Movements in the Global Era : The Power of Local Feminisms

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  • ISBN13:

    9780813344447

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    0813344441

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2/23/2010
  • Publisher: Perseus Books

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Summary

Womenrs"s Movements in the Global Erais a path-breaking study of the genesis, growth, gains, and dilemmas of womenrs"s movements in countries throughout the world. Its focus is on the Global South, where womenrs"s movements have engaged in complex negotiations with national and international forces. It challenges widely held assumptions about the Western origins and character of local feminisms. All the authors locate womenrs"s movements within the terrain from which they emerged by exploring their relationships with the state, civil society, and other social movements. This book is essential reading for anyone interested in the global scope and implications of feminism. Contents 1. Introduction Africa 2. South African Feminisms: A Coming of Age? (Elaine Salo) 3. "The Future Will Be Better Next Time": Opportunities and Challenges of the Zimbabwean Womenrs"s Movement (Shereen Essof, Ramagwana Rakajeka) Asia 4. The Womenrs"s Movement in Pakistan: Challenges and Achievements (Farida Shaheed) 5. Feminist Deliberative Politics in India: Some Reflections (Kalpana Kannabiran) 6. The Chinese Womenrs"s Movement in the Context of Globalization: Opportunities and Challenges (Naihua Zhang) Europe 7. Polish Feminism between the Local and the Global: A Task of Translation (Elzbieta Matynia) 8. Russian Womenrs"s Activism: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom) Latin America 9. Contemporary Feminisms in Brazil: Achievements, Shortcomings, and Challenges (Cecilia M. B. Sardenberg, Ana Alice Alcaacute;ntara Costa) 10. Seeking Rights from the Left: Gender and Sexuality in Latin America (Elisabeth Friedman) 11. Towards a Culturally Situated Women Rights Agenda: Reflections from Mexico (R. Aiacute;da Hernaacute;ndez Castillo) The Middle East 12. The Demobilization of the Palestinian Womenrs"s Movement: From Empowered Active Militants to Powerless and Stateless "Citizens" (Islah Jad) 13. The Womenrs"s Movement and Feminism in Iran: A Glocal Perspective (Nayereh Tohidi) The United States 14. Intersecting Oppressions: Rethinking Womenrs"s Movements in the U.S. (Julie Ajinkya)

Author Biography

Amrita Basu is the Paino Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Amherst College. She is the author of Two Faces of Protest: Contrasting Modes of Women’s Activism in India, the coeditor of four books, and the editor of The Challenge of Local Feminisms: Women’s Movements in Global Perspective.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Boxed Informationp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Africa
South African Feminisms-A Coming of Age?p. 29
Ramagwana Rakajeka: Opportunities and Challenges of the Zimbabwean Women's Movementp. 57
Asia
The Women's Movement in Pakistan: Challenges and Achievementsp. 89
Feminist Deliberative Politics in Indiap. 119
The Chinese Women's Movement in the Context of Globalizationp. 157
Europe
Polish Feminism Between the Local and the Global: A Task of Translationp. 193
Russian Women's Activism: Two Steps Forward, One Step Backp. 229
Latin America
Contemporary Feminisms in Brazil: Achievements, Shortcomings, and Challengesp. 255
Seeking Rights from the Left: Gender and Sexuality in Latin Americap. 285
Toward a Culturally Situated Women's Rights Agenda: Reflections from Mexicop. 315
The Middle East
The Demobilization of a Palestinian Women's Movement: From Empowered Active Militants to Powerless and Stateless "Citizens"p. 343
The Women's Movement and Feminism in Iran: A Glocal Perspectivep. 375
The United States
Intersecting Oppressions: Rethinking Women's Movements in the United Statesp. 415
Selected Bibliographyp. 445
About the Contributorsp. 477
Indexp. 483
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