Resisting Citizenship: Feminist Essays on Politics, Community, and Democracy

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2009-10-30
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Combining her own field work and interviews with cutting edge research and theory on democracy and activism, Ackelsberg explores collective engagement in order to draw lessons and attempt to incorporate knowledge about current notions of democracy from those who engage in "non-traditional" participation.

Author Biography

Martha A. Ackelsberg is Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor and William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor in the Department of Government and Program for the Study of Women and Gender at Smith College. Her research and teaching interests are in applied democratic theory, urban politics, and feminist theory.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introduction: From Resisting the Canon to Resisting Citizenshipp. 1
Rethinking Politics/Rethinking Communityp. 11
Women's Collaborative Activities and City Life: Politics and Policyp. 13
Communities, Resistance, and Women's Activism: Reflections on Democratic Theoryp. 26
Terrains of Protest: Striking City Womenp. 39
Challenging Dichotomies: Dependency, Privacy, Identity, Powerp. 57
Dependency or Mutuality: A Feminist Perspective on Dilemmas of Welfare Policyp. 59
Privacy, Publicity, and Power: A Feminist Rethinking of the Public-Private Distinctionp. 70
Gender, Resistance, and Citizenship: Women's Struggles with/in the Statep. 86
Rethinking Anarchism/Rethinking Power: A Contemporary Feminist Perspectivep. 101
Is Citizenship the Goal?p. 115
Exclusion or Inclusion? The Ambiguities of Citizenshipp. 117
Broadening the Study of Women's Participationp. 131
Women's Community Activism and the Rejection of "Politics": Some Dilemmas of Popular Democratic Movementsp. 145
Families, Care, and Citizenship: Notes toward a Feminist Approachp. 165
Democracy and (In)Equality: Community Activism and Democracy in a Time of Retrenchmentp. 179
Notesp. 196
Indexp. 263
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