Women's Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship

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Elizabeth Maier, Nathalie Lebon
Rutgers University Press, 2010 - Social Science - 375 pages
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Women's Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean brings together a group of interdisciplinary scholars who analyze and document the diversity, vibrancy, and effectiveness of women's experiences and organizing in Latin America and the Caribbean during the past four decades. Most of the expressions of collective agency are analyzed in this book within the context of the neoliberal model of globalization that has seriously affected most Latin American and Caribbean women's lives in multiple ways. Contributors explore the emergence of the area's feminist movement, dictatorships of the 1970s, the Central American uprisings, the urban, grassroots organizing for better living conditions, and finally, the turn toward public policy and formal political involvement and the alternative globalization movement. Geared toward bridging cultural realities, this volume represents women's transformations, challenges, and hopes, while considering the analytical tools needed to dissect the realities, understand the alternatives, and promote gender democracy.
 

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Contents

Women Work and Families
45
Womens Agency for Plural Democracy and Full Citizenship
93
Broadening the Circle of Womens Activism
157
Shaping Public Policy with A Gender Perspective
219
The Politics of Scale
289
Concluding Considerations
335
Notes on Contributors
353
Index
359
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About the author (2010)

Elizabeth Maier is a professor at the Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Colef) in Mexico and former chair of the Gender and Feminist Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association.

Nathalie Lebon is an anthropologist and assistant professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies at Gettysburg College, affiliated with the Latin American Studies Program.

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