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Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics : Why Women Protest: Women's Movements in Chile - Lisa Baldez

Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics

Why Women Protest: Women's Movements in Chile


Published: 26th August 2002
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Why do women protest? Under what conditions do women protest on the basis of their gender identity? Professor Baldez answers in terms of tipping, timing and framing. She relies on the concept of tipping to identify the point at which diverse organizations converge to form a women's movement. She argues that two conditions trigger this mobilization among women: partisan realignment, understood as the emergence of a new set of issues around which political elites define themselves, and women's decision to frame realignment in terms of widely held norms about gender difference. To illustrate these claims, she compares two very different women's movements in Chile: the mobilization of women against President Salvador Allende (1970-1973) and that against General Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990). Despite differences between these two movements, both emerged amidst a context of partisan realignment and framed their concerns in terms of women's exclusion from the political arena.

"...smart and well-written..." Political Science Quarterly "In sum, this fascinating study will provide Latin American, women's studies, and social movement scholars with ample food for thought." Contemporary Sociology "Political scientist Baldez examines the historic activism of Chilean woman from a fresh perspective... Recommended." Choice

List of figures and tables
Why women protest: tipping, timing, and framing
Mothers of the cold war, daughters of the revolution: an historical overview of women and Chilean politics
Women Against Allende
The revolution hits home: women organize against Allende
Catapulting men to action: the march of the empty pots
'Feminine power' and the end of the socialist revolution
Women Against Pinochet
Gendered networks and the rebirth of civil society
Women defend life: mass protests and the women's movement
Democracy in the country and in the home: women for and against democratic transition
Why women protest: comparative evidence
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ISBN: 9780521811507
ISBN-10: 0521811503
Series: Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 26th August 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.7
Weight (kg): 0.54