This collection on women's community activism demonstrates the diversity of women's struggles against violence, homophobia and racism, and for housing, civil rights, economic security, educational equity and environmental justice. It focuses on the complex ways that gender, race-ethnicity, culture, class and sexuality shape women's political consciousness and organizing in the US. Offering an interdisciplinary perspective, the collection includes case studies of activism among lesbians, Hmong women, white European American women, Korean American and African American women, as well as Latinas and Native Americans.
Contributors: Sharon Bays, Maylei Blackwell, Sharon Cotrell, Roberta M. Feldman, Sherna Berger Gluck, Karen harper, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo, Carolyn Howe, Karen Kendrick, Celene Krauss, Nancy A. Naples, Mary Pardo, Lisa Sun-Hee Park, Leila Rupp, Virginia Rinaldo Seitz, Susan Stall, Susan Parkison Stern, Verta Taylor, Judith Wittner and Patricia A. Wright.
""Community Activism and Feminist Politics is a fascinating and impressive collection of scholarship on women's efforts to secure some measure of social and economic justice....a compelling blend of theory and practice through a feminist lens....This book is a testament to the hard fought struggles for justice by "everyday" women."
-"Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
""Community Activism and Feminist Politics is proof that progressive, exciting, rigorous feminist social science is alive and well, as are the continuing and often successful everyday efforts of women to better their communities. This book offers researchers, students, and activists rich, textured analyses of case studies drawn from diverse examples of community-based activism in the US over the last several decades. Naples promises and delivers a collection that bridges feminist and social movement theory with the very real and complex challenges facing activists struggling for social justice and economic security. For those many of us deeply troubled by growing racial and class polarization, continuing gender inequality, and a politics that has moved steadily rightward, the vision and examples of progressive, activist research in this book are analytically astute and a wellspring of inspiration."
-Sandra Morgen, Center for the Study of Women in Society and Sociology, Oregon University
"["Community Activism is an] an enormously valuable contribution to the project of understanding women's political work."
-SIGNS Winter 2001