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Engendering Democracy in Brazil : Women's Movements in Transition Politics - Sonia E. Alvarez

Engendering Democracy in Brazil

Women's Movements in Transition Politics

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Published: 1st October 1990
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Brazil has the tragic distinction of having endured the longest military-authoritarian regime in South America. Yet the country is distinctive for another reason: in the 1970s and 1980s it witnessed the emergence and development of perhaps the largest, most diverse, most radical, and most successful women's movement in contemporary Latin America. This book tells the compelling story of the rise of progressive women's movements amidst the climate of political repression and economic crisis enveloping Brazil in the 1970s, and it devotes particular attention to the gender politics of the final stages of regime transition in the 1980s.

Situating Brazil in a comparative theoretical framework, the author analyzes the relationship between nonrevolutionary political change and changes in women's consciousness and mobilization. Her engaging analysis of the potentialities for promoting social justice and transforming relations of inequality for women and men in Latin America and elsewhere in the Third World makes this book essential reading for all students and teachers of Latin American politics, comparative social movements and public policy, and women's studies and feminist political theory.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. ix
Introductionp. 3
Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives on Women's Movements and the Statep. 19
Women in the New Social Movements of Urban Brazilp. 37
Militant Mothers and Insurgent Daughters: Women in the Opposition to Authoritarian Rulep. 57
The Genesis of Women's Movements in Authoritarian Brazil, 1964-1978p. 83
The Rise and Fall of a United, Mass-Based Brazilian Women's Movementp. 110
Taking Sides: Women's Movements and Political Parties, 1974-1982p. 137
Dubious Allies in the Struggle for Women's Rights: Parties and Gender Strategies in the 1982 Campaignp. 161
Approaching the Authoritarian State: Women's Movements and Population Policy in Transitional Brazilian Politicsp. 178
Taking Feminism into the State: Gender Policy and the PMDB's Councils on the Status of Womenp. 198
Women's Movements, Gender Policy, and the Politics of Democratic Consolidation (1985-1988)p. 223
Conclusion: Engendering Political Changep. 260
Select Bibliographyp. 275
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780691023250
ISBN-10: 0691023255
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 1st October 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.22  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.43