After Revolution: Mapping Gender and Cultural Politics in Neoliberal Nicaragua

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University of Texas Press, Nov 15, 2001 - Political Science - 304 pages
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Nicaragua's Sandinista revolution (1979-1990) initiated a broad program of social transformation to improve the situation of the working class and poor, women, and other non-elite groups through agrarian reform, restructured urban employment, and wide access to health care, education, and social services. This book explores how Nicaragua's least powerful citizens have fared in the years since the Sandinista revolution, as neoliberal governments have rolled back these state-supported reforms and introduced measures to promote the development of a market-driven economy.

Drawing on ethnographic research conducted throughout the 1990s, Florence Babb describes the negative consequences that have followed the return to a capitalist path, especially for women and low-income citizens. In addition, she charts the growth of women's and other social movements (neighborhood, lesbian and gay, indigenous, youth, peace, and environmental) that have taken advantage of new openings for political mobilization. Her ethnographic portraits of a low-income barrio and of women's craft cooperatives powerfully link local, cultural responses to national and global processes.

  

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Contents

Introduction Writing after Revolution
1
Negotiating Spaces The Gendered Politics of Location
23
Managua Is Nicaragua Gender Memory and Cultural Politics
46
A Place on a Map The Local and the National Viewed from the Barrio
70
Unmaking the Revolution Women Urban Cooperatives and Neoliberalism
107
From Cooperatives to Microenterprises in the Postrevolutionary Era
151
Narratives of Development Nationhood and the Body
175
Toward a New Political Culture
203
Conclusion Remembering Nicaragua
240
Notes
263
Bibliography
281
Index
295
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