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Women's movements in the global era : the power of local feminisms
Basu, Amrita, 1953-
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Boulder, CO : Westview Press, [2010]

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xii, 495 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Provides a path-breaking study of the beginning, growth, gains, and dilemmas of women's movements in countries throughout the world. Focuses on the global South.
Introduction / Amrita Basu -- Africa. South African feminisms: a coming of age? / Elaine Salo ; Ramagwana Rakajeka: opportunities and challenges of the Zimbabwean women's movement / Shereen Essof -- Asia. The women's movement in Pakistan: challenges and achievements / Farida Shaheed ; Feminist deliberative politics in India / Kalpana Kannabiran ; The Chinese women's movement in the context of globalization / Naihua Zhang, Ping-Chun Hsiung -- Europe. Polish feminism between the local and the global: a task of translation / Elzbieta Matynia ; Russian women's activism: two steps forward, one step back / Lisa McIntosh Sundstrom -- Latin America. Contemporary feminisms in Brazil: achievements, shortcomings, and challenges / Cecilia M.B. Sardenberg, Ana Alice Alcantara Costa ; Seeking rights from the Left: gender and sexuality in Latin America / Elisabeth Jay Friedman ; Toward a culturally situated women's rights agenda: reflections from Mexico / Rosalva Aída Hernández Castillo -- The Middle East. The demobilization of a Palestinian women's movement: from empowered active militants to powerless and stateless "citizens" / Islah Jad ; The women's movement and feminism in Iran: a glocal perspective / Nayereh Tohidi -- The United States. Intersecting oppressions: rethinking women's movements in the United States / Julie Ajinkya.
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Women's Movements in the Global Eraprovides a path-breaking study of the genesis, growth, gains, and dilemmas of women's movements in countries throughout the world. Its focus is on the global South, where women's movements have engaged in complex negotiations with national and international forces. It challenges widely held assumptions about the Western origins and character of local feminisms. The authors locate women's movements within the terrain from which they emerged by exploring their relationships with the state, civil society, and other social movements. This is essential reading for anyone interested in the global scope and implications of feminism.

Author Notes

Amrita Basu is the Paino Professor of Political Science and Women's and Gender Studies and Associate Dean of the Faculty at Amherst College. Her books include Two Faces of Protest and The Challenge of Local Feminisms.

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In this fine collection, Basu (Amherst College) and her contributors provide sweeping analyses of diverse feminist and women's movements and organizations in major world regions. The globally driven conceptual introduction is followed by two chapters on Africa (South Africa and Zimbabwe), three on Asia (Pakistan, India, and China), two on Europe (Poland and Russia), several on Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and a comparative chapter on center-left governments, cleverly titled "Seeking Rights from the Left: Gender and Sexuality in Latin America"), two from the Middle East (Palestine and Iran), and one from the US. Basu argues that feminist and women's movements face many challenges, including balancing autonomy and alignment in strong national grounding with transnational linkages, engaging with the state while retaining identities and constituencies, and building alliances with other movements and groups. The book updates and globalizes Basu's collection (albeit with different national chapters) of 15 years ago, The Challenge of Local Feminisms (1995). Each chapter begins with boxes containing comparative national, economic, and political descriptors and indicators of women's status, reminiscent of the collection by Barbara Nelson and Najma Chowdhury, eds., Women and Politics Worldwide (CH, Oct'94, 32-1212). Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers, undergraduate students, graduate students, and above. K. Staudt University of Texas at El Paso

Table of Contents

Amrita BasuElaine SaloShereen EssofFarida ShaheedKalpana KannabiranNaihua Zhang and Ping-Chun HsiungElzbieta MatyniaLisa McIntosh SundstromCecilia M. B. Sardenberg and Ana Alice Alcantara CostaElisabeth Jay FriedmanRosalva Aída Hernández CastilloIslah JadNayereh TohidiJulie Ajinkya
Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Boxed Informationp. xi
Introductionp. 1
1 South African Feminisms-A Coming of Age?p. 29
2 Ramagwana Rakajeka: Opportunities and Challenges of the Zimbabwean Women's Movementp. 57
3 The Women's Movement in Pakistan: Challenges and Achievementsp. 89
4 Feminist Deliberative Politics in Indiap. 119
5 The Chinese Women's Movement in the Context of Globalizationp. 157
6 Polish Feminism Between the Local and the Global: A Task of Translationp. 193
7 Russian Women's Activism: Two Steps Forward, One Step Backp. 229
Latin America
8 Contemporary Feminisms in Brazil: Achievements, Shortcomings, and Challengesp. 255
9 Seeking Rights from the Left: Gender and Sexuality in Latin Americap. 285
10 Toward a Culturally Situated Women's Rights Agenda: Reflections from Mexicop. 315
The Middle East
11 The Demobilization of a Palestinian Women's Movement: From Empowered Active Militants to Powerless and Stateless "Citizens"p. 343
12 The Women's Movement and Feminism in Iran: A Glocal Perspectivep. 375
The United States
13 Intersecting Oppressions: Rethinking Women's Movements in the United Statesp. 415
Selected Bibliographyp. 445
About the Contributorsp. 477
Indexp. 483