This pathbreaking book provides for the first time an overview of the genesis, growth, gains, and dilemmas of women’s movements worldwide. Unlike most of the literature, which focuses on the industrialized Western world, this volume devotes greater attention to the postcolonial states of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The book challenges the assumptions that feminism can transcend national differences and, conversely, that women’s movements are shaped and circumscribed by national levels of development. All the authors reject the notion, proposed by its detractors and champions alike, that feminism is of middle-class origins and Western inspiration. Instead they seek to locate women’s movements within the terrain from which they emerge.Virtually all the authors are from the countries or communities about which they write; the few exceptions are women who have spent lengthy periods studying and living in the region. Most are scholars, often in women’s studies, and many are closely associated with the movements they describe. Thus, these writers share a commitment to the substantive concerns as well as the collective processes of women’s movements. As a key book for the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, this volume will be essential reading for anyone interested in the global scope and implications of feminism.
* Foreword Susan V. Berresford. * Introduction Amrita Basu. Asia * Discovering the Positive Within the Negative: The Womens Movement in a Changing China Naihua Zhang with Wu Xu. * From Chipko to Sati: The Contemporary Indian Womens Movement Radha Kumar. * Men in Seclusion, Women in Public: Rokeyas Dream and Womens Struggles in Bangladesh Roushan Jahan. * Rebirthing Babaye: The Womens Movement in the Philippines Lilia Quindoza Santiago. Africa And The Middle East * The Dawn of a New Day: Redefining South African Feminism Amanda Kemp, Nozizwe Madlala, Asha Moodley, and Elaine Salo. * The Many Faces of Feminism in Namibia Dianne Hubbard and Colette Solomon. * The Mother of Warriors and Her Daughters: The Womens Movement in Kenya Wilhelmina Oduol and Wanjiku Mukabi Kabira. * Wifeism and Activism: The Nigerian Womens Movement Hussaina Abdullah. * Claiming Feminism, Claiming Nationalism: Womens Activism in the Occupied Territories Islah Jad. Latin America * Out of the Kitchens and onto the Streets: Womens Activism in Peru Cecilia Blondet. * Democracy in the Country and in the Home: The Womens Movement in Chile Alicia Frohmann and Teresa Valds. * Brazilian Feminism and Womens Movements: A Two-Way Street Vera Soares, Ana Alice Alcantara Costa, Cristina Maria Buarque, Denise Dourado Dora, and Wania SantAnna. * Building Bridges: The Growth of Popular Feminism in Mexico Marta Lamas, Alicia Martnez, Mara Luisa Tarrs, and Esperanza Tun (translated by Ellen Calmus). Russia, Europe, And The United States * Democracy Without Women Is No Democracy: Womens Struggles in Postcommunist Russia Elizabeth Waters and Anastasia Posadskaya. * Finding a Voice: Women in Postcommunist Central Europe Elzbieta Matynia. * Extending the Boundaries of Citizenship: Womens Movements of Western Europe Jane Jenson. * Feminism Lives: Building a Multicultural Womens Movement in the United States Leslie R. Wolfe and Jennifer Tucker.
Series: Social Change in Global Perspective
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 19th July 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.44
Weight (kg): 0.76
Edition Number: 1