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Promises of Empowerment : Women in Asia and Latin America - Peter H. Smith

Promises of Empowerment

Women in Asia and Latin America

By: Peter H. Smith (Editor), Jennifer L. Troutner (Editor), Christine Hunefeldt (Editor)

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How and to what degree are women worldwide gaining and using power? This book offers the first genuinely comparative assessment of this key question by exploring the conditions, actions, and accomplishments of women in Latin America and Asia. Encompassing 60 percent of the world's population and experiencing far-reaching transformations, these two regions offer a vital window into our understanding of the experiences of women globally. Revealing both basic similarities and fundamental differences, this volume offers thoughtful insights about the changing conditions of women, on the one hand, and, on the other, about patterns of social change throughout Asia and Latin America.

A much-needed and long-awaited cross-regional collection with Latin America and Asia as the focus and gender power relations at the core. -- Kathleen Staudt, University of Texas at El Paso
This intriguing book advances a new understanding of the complex casual dynamics behind women's empowerment and lays the groundwork for future research on the unique constraints and opportunities presented by each path. * Latin American Politics and Society *
From the foreword: A stimulating set of essays. . . . Promises of Empowerment speaks to some of the most persistent questions in feminist theory and comparative politics, and shows that power, despite cultural differences and definitional debates,remains the key issue for women.... -- Jane S. Jaquette, Occidental College
From the foreword: A stimulating set of essays. . . . Promises of Empowerment speaks to some of the most persistent questions in feminist theory and comparative politics, and shows that power, despite cultural differences and definitional debates, remains the key issue for women. -- Jane S. Jaquette, Occidental College

Forewordp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction: Empowering Women: Agency, Structure, and Comparative Perspectivep. 1
Politics and the Public Arenap. 31
Many Paths to Power: Women in Contemporary Asiap. 35
Climbing the Pyramids of Power: Alternative Routes to Women's Empowerment and Activismp. 60
From the Personal to the Political: Women Activists in Japanp. 88
Feminism and the Transition to Democracy in Chilep. 103
At Work and at Homep. 125
Women and Economic Crisis: Mexico and Thailandp. 128
Women, Poverty, and Survival of the Household: Perup. 149
Women in the Business World: Japan in Comparative Perspectivep. 167
Women and the Internet in Chinap. 185
Constructions and Representationsp. 201
Social Codes and Gender Roles: Schoolbooks in Korea and Mexicop. 204
Women and Cinema in Mexicop. 225
Gender and Sexuality on Television: Japan and Brazilp. 247
Conclusion: States, Markets, and Patterns of Empowermentp. 265
Indexp. 281
About the Contributorsp. 289
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ISBN: 9780742529236
ISBN-10: 0742529231
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 5th April 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.27 x 15.34  x 2.67
Weight (kg): 0.62