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Women Transforming Politics : An Alternative Reader - Cathy Cohen

Women Transforming Politics

An Alternative Reader

By: Cathy Cohen (Editor), Kathy Jones (Editor), Joan C. Tronto (Editor)

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As the largest political constituency in the United States, women present a radical challenge to the foundations of our political system. The integration of women into political life fundamentally changes the nature of American politics, necessitating a reassessment of the definition of politics, the nature of political action and the purpose of public life.

Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader redefines the field of women and politics. By displacing the experiences of white, middle and upper class elite women as central, this volume brings to light the lives and actions of poor and working class women, women of color, and others defined as marginal. Covering topics as diverse as community organizing by South Asian women in New York, the governing styles of Chicana/Latina elected officials in California, the labor struggles of working-class women in Tennessee, the participation pattern of poor African-American women in Ohio, and the challenge of reproductive and sexual rights in international feminist politics, each essay provides a new and more expansive way to think about politics.

Contributors representing a wide range of professions including political science, sociology, history, law, grassroots organizing and cultural work challenge us to expand the range of experiences and acts considered political. Combining classic essays by renowned figures with groundbreaking work by a new generation of scholars, the publication of Women Transforming Politics will change forever the study of politics in the United States.

"This exciting collection not only documents the varied organizing experiences of women in American politics, it provides original and provocative analyses of the challenge women present to mainstream ideas of political representation, the role of the state, and the nature of power. The scope and depth of this volume are remarkable, and the prose lucid enought to make this book widely accessible. A must-read for all interested in women's political empowerment." --Urvashi Vaid, author of Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation "This innovative book illustrates both the complexity of women's activism and how that activism must transform our understanding of politics. It is an invaluable resource for the courses in U.S. politics and political participation that, at the same time, introduces the work of exciting young scholars." --Martha Ackelsberg, Smith College "Expanding the boundaries of conventional political studies, Women Transforming Politics provides perspectives and analyses which are vital for a truly democratic society." --Joy James, author of Resisting State Violence and Transcending the Talented Tenth

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Women Transforming U.S. Politics: Sites of Power/Resistancep. 1
Women of Color in the Eighties: A Profile Based on Census Datap. 15
"Working Men" and "Dependent Wives": Gender, "Race," and the Regulation of Migration from Mexicop. 47
On the Marriage Questionp. 62
American Sweatshops 1980s Style: Chinese Women Garment Workersp. 84
Women, Work, and the Politics of Fetal Rightsp. 94
The Wage Effects of Sexual Orientation Discriminationp. 107
Fighting the Violence against Our Sisters: Prosecution of Pregnant Women and the Coercive Use of Norplantp. 123
Cultural Survival and Contemporary American Indian Women in the Cityp. 136
Policing the Black Woman's Body in an Urban Contextp. 151
Fade to White: Racial Politics and the Troubled Reign of Vanessa Williamsp. 167
Education, Cultural Rights, and Citizenshipp. 187
Exemplars of Indigenism: Native North American Women for De/Colonization and Liberationp. 205
Latina Women and Political Consciousness: La Chispa Que Prendep. 223
Ritual and Sacrifice at Tailhook '91: A Documentary Exhibition and Political Actionp. 238
No Cultural Icon: Marisela Nortep. 256
Feminisms of the Diaspora Both Local and Global: The Politics of South Asian Women against Domestic Violencep. 269
The Marginalized Uses of Power and Identity: Lesbians' Participation in Breast Cancer and AIDS Activismp. 284
Winning Action for Gender Equity: A Plan for Organizing Communities of Colorp. 302
Transforming Democracy: Rural Women and Labor Resistancep. 324
Negotiating and Transforming the Public Sphere: African American Political Life in the Transition from Slavery to Freedomp. 343
From Three-Fifths to Zero: Implications of the Constitution for African American Women, 1787-1870p. 377
Assimilating or Coloring Participation? Gender, Race, and Democratic Political Participationp. 387
Gender, Participation, and the Black Urban Underclassp. 398
Breaking Barriers to Representation: Chicana/Latina Elected Officials in Californiap. 412
Relative Privilege? Reconsidering White Women's Participation in Municipal Politicsp. 435
Election Systems and the Representation of Black Women in American State Legislaturesp. 447
Nothing Distant about It: Women's Liberation and Sixties Radicalismp. 456
Organizational Mobilizations, Institutional Access, and Institutional Changep. 477
Crime and Justice: Paradoxes for Theory and Actionp. 499
Smashing Icons: Disabled Women and the Disability and Women's Movementsp. 519
Presenting the Blue Goddess: Toward a National Pan-Asian Feminist Agendap. 541
Beyond Racism and Misogyny: Black Feminism and 2 Live Crewp. 549
Spiraling Discourses of Reproductive and Sexual Rights: A Post-Beijing Assessment of International Feminist Politicsp. 569
Contributorsp. 589
Permissionsp. 593
Indexp. 595
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ISBN: 9780814715574
ISBN-10: 0814715575
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 612
Published: 1st July 1997
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 4.57
Weight (kg): 1.26