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Feminism and the Women's Movement : Dynamics of Change in Social Movement Ideology and Activism - Barbara Ryan

Feminism and the Women's Movement

Dynamics of Change in Social Movement Ideology and Activism

Paperback Published: 17th December 1992
ISBN: 9780415905992
Number Of Pages: 272
For Ages: 18 years old

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Many past studies of the U.S. women's movement have been primarily descriptive, focusing solely on the differences between groups. In "Feminism and the Women's Movement," Barbara Ryan integrates a broad historical view with an analytical framework drawn from the theory of social movements. Relying on participation and observation of diverse groups involved in the women's movement, interviews with long-term activists, and readings of historical and contemporary movement publications, she discusses the changing nature of feminist ideology and movement organizing.
Ryan examines the interactive and transformative relationship of feminist groups to each other, and to processes of social change within the larger society. From a detailed discussion of the early women's movement and women's suffrage, through mobilization for the ERA and the "post-feminist" period which followed its defeat, to the rise of a new mobilization for reproductive rights and the continuing challenge to incorporate race and class difference into feminist thought and organizing efforts, Ryan portrays the successes and difficulties that women have faced in their efforts to effect social change in recent history.
"Feminism and the Women's Movement" offers a unique analysis of the meaning of feminism for the various sectors of the women's movement. It will be an important source to students and scholars involved in the fields of women's studies, American history, and feminist theory.

Introductionp. 1
The Early Woman's Movement: From Equal Rights to Suffragep. 9
The Woman's Suffrage Movement and the Aftermath of Victoryp. 21
Resurgence of Feminism: The Contemporary Women's Movementp. 39
Ideological Purity: Divisions, Splits, and Trashingp. 53
Social Movement Transformation: The Women's Movement from 1975 to 1982p. 65
Changing Orientations in Ideology and Activismp. 79
American Women and the Women's Movement During the Reagan/Bush Yearsp. 99
Divisions Revisited: Pornography, Essentialism/Nominalism, Class and Racep. 113
The Search for a New Mobilizing Issue: The Women's Movement After the Erap. 135
Conclusionp. 153
Notesp. 163
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 197
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ISBN: 9780415905992
ISBN-10: 0415905990
Series: Perspectives on Gender
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17th December 1992
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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