Democratization and Women's Grassroots Movements

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Jill M. Bystydzienski, Joti Sekhon
Indiana University Press, 1999 - Political Science - 397 pages
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The book illustrates how community-based actions, programs, and organizations that allow women to determine their lives and participate in decision making contribute to the creation of a civil society and thus enhance democracy. The case studies show how participation in grassroots movements promotes women's involvement in their organizations, communities, and in societal institutions, as it influences state policy and empowers women in personal relationships.

 

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Contents

The Case of Action India Womens Program
25
ReInheriting Women in Decolonizing Hong Kong
49
NGOs and Womens Unofficial
67
Africa and the Middle East
95
A Reflection
111
SelfIdentity as a Form of Democratization
129
Womens Grassroots Movements and Democratization in Egypt
150
Central America
173
Womens Organizations
241
Western Europe North America and Australia
265
Womens Participation in Grassroots Initiatives in Ireland
284
Participatory
305
Empowerment and Disempowerment of Women in Central
328
Action for More Democratic Australian
352
Conclusion
370
About the Editors and Contributors 393
396

Feminist Organizations and Grassroots Democracy
196
Eastern Europe
217

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About the author (1999)

JILL M. BYSTYDZIENSKI is Director of Women's Studies and Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University. She is author of many articles and book chapters on women in politics and cross-cultural comparisons of women, as well as several books, including Women Transforming Politics: Worldwide Strategies for Empowerment and Women in Electoral Politics: Lessons from Norway.

JOTI SEKHON is Associate Professor of Sociology at Greensboro College, where she is also the coordinator of the International Studies Program. She is author of Modern India, a volume in the Comparative Societies series from McGraw-Hill.

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