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Women's Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean

By Elizabeth Maier,Nathalie Lebon
  • ISBN Code: : 0813549515
  • Publisher : Rutgers University Press
  • Pages : 384
  • Category : Social Science
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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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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1351043587
  • Total of Pages : 230
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 365
  • Pdf File: re-writing-women-as-victims.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This volume critically analyses political strategies, civil society initiatives and modes of representation that challenge the conventional narratives of women in contexts of violence. It deepens into the concepts of victimhood and agency that inform the current debate on women as victims. The volume opens the scope to explore initiatives that transcend the pair abuser–victim and explore the complex relations between gender and violence, and individual and collective accountability, through politics, activism and cultural productions in order to seek social transformation for gender justice. In innovative and interdisciplinary case studies, it brings attention to initiatives and narratives that make new spaces possible in which to name, self-identify, and resignify the female political subject as a social agent in situations of violence. The volume is global in scope, bringing together contributions ranging from India, Cambodia or Kenya, to Quebec, Bosnia or Spain. Different aspects of gender-based violence are analysed, from intimate relationships, sexual violence, military contexts, society and institutions. Re-writing Women as Victims: From Theory to Practice will be a key text for students, researchers and professionals in gender studies, political sciences, sociology and media and cultural Studies. Activists and policy makers will also find its practical approach and engagement with social transformation to be essential reading.

Handbook on Gender and Health

By Jasmine Gideon
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  • Publisher : Edward Elgar Publishing
  • Book Code : 1784710865
  • Total of Pages : 640
  • Category : Health & Fitness
  • Members : 142
  • Pdf File: handbook-on-gender-and-health.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This Handbook brings together a groundbreaking collection of chapters that uses a gender lens to explore health, healthcare and health policy in both the Global South and North. Empirical evidence is drawn from a variety of different settings and points to the many ways in which the gendered dimensions of health have become reworked across the globe.

Mothers Making Latin America

By Erin E. O'Connor
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  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Book Code : 1118341120
  • Total of Pages : 312
  • Category : History
  • Members : 385
  • Pdf File: mothers-making-latin-america.pdf

Book Short Summary:

Mothers Making Latin America utilizes a combination ofgender scholarship and source material to dispel the belief thatwomen were separated from—or unimportant to—centraldevelopments in Latin American history sinceindependence. Presents nuanced issues in gender historiography for LatinAmerica in a readable narrative for undergraduate students Offers brief, primary-source document excerpts at the end ofeach chapter that instructors can use to stimulate classdiscussion Adheres to a focus on motherhood, which allows for a coherentnarrative that touches upon important themes without falling into a“list of facts” textbook style

Rethinking Latin American Social Movements

By Richard Stahler-Sholk,Harry E. Vanden,Marc Becker
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
  • Book Code : 1442235691
  • Total of Pages : 412
  • Category : Political Science
  • Members : 417
  • Pdf File: rethinking-latin-american-social-movements.pdf

Book Short Summary:

This groundbreaking text explores the dramatic evolution in Latin American social movements over the past fifteen years. Assessing both the continuities in social movement dynamics and important new tendencies, this book will be essential reading for all students of Latin American politics and society.

Women’s Work in Special Period Cuba

By Daliany Jerónimo Kersh
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  • Publisher : Springer
  • Book Code : 3030056309
  • Total of Pages : 255
  • Category : History
  • Members : 193
  • Pdf File: women-s-work-in-special-period-cuba.pdf

Book Short Summary:

The abrupt loss of Soviet financial support in 1989 resulted in the near-collapse of the Cuban economy, ushering in the almost two decades of austerity measures and severe shortages of food and basic consumer goods referred to as the Special Period. Through the innovative framework of individual and collective memory, Daliany Jerónimo Kersh brings together analysis of press sources and oral histories to offer a compelling portrait of how Cuban women cleverly combined various forms of paid work to make ends meet. Disproportionately impacted by the economic crisis given their role as primary caregivers and household managers and unable to survive on devalued state salaries alone, women often employed informal and illegal earning strategies. As she argues, this regression into gendered work such as cooking, sewing, cleaning, reselling, and providing sexual services precipitated by the post-Soviet crisis to a large extent marked a return to pre-revolutionary gendered divisions of labor.

Making Transnational Feminism

By Millie Thayer
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  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Book Code : 1135197768
  • Total of Pages : 256
  • Category : Social Science
  • Members : 600
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Book Short Summary:

This ethnographic study examines the transnational relations among feminist movements at the end of the twentieth century, exploring two differently situated women’s organizations in the Northeast Brazilian state of Pernambuco. The conventional narrative of globalization tells the story of inexorable forces beyond the capacity of individuals to mute or transcend. But this study tells a different story, one of social actors purposefully weaving cross-border relationships. From this vantage point, global social forces are not immaculately conceived. Instead, they are constituted by human actors with their own interests and identities, located in particular social contexts. Making Transnational Feminism takes what some have called "global civil society" as its object, moving beyond both dire predictions and euphoric celebrations to understand how transnational political relationships are constructed and sustained across social and geographical divides. It also provides a compelling case study for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in globalization, gender studies, and social movements.

Engendering Revolution

By Rachel Elfenbein
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  • Publisher : University of Texas Press
  • Book Code : 1477319166
  • Total of Pages : 328
  • Category : History
  • Members : 884
  • Pdf File: engendering-revolution.pdf

Book Short Summary:

In 1999, Venezuela became the first country in the world to constitutionally recognize the socioeconomic value of housework and enshrine homemakers’ social security. This landmark provision was part of a larger project to transform the state and expand social inclusion during Hugo Chávez’s presidency. The Bolivarian revolution opened new opportunities for poor and working-class—or popular—women’s organizing. The state recognized their unpaid labor and maternal gender role as central to the revolution. Yet even as state recognition enabled some popular women to receive public assistance, it also made their unpaid labor and organizing vulnerable to state appropriation. Offering the first comprehensive analysis of this phenomenon, Engendering Revolution demonstrates that the Bolivarian revolution cannot be understood without comprehending the gendered nature of its state-society relations. Showcasing field research that comprises archival analysis, observation, and extensive interviews, these thought-provoking findings underscore the ways in which popular women sustained a movement purported to exalt them, even while many could not access social security and remained socially, economically, and politically vulnerable.