Political Worlds of Women Activism, Advocacy, and Governance in the Twenty-First Century

ISBN-10: 0813344956

ISBN-13: 9780813344959

Edition: 2012

Authors: Mary Hawkesworth

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 Political Worlds of Womenprovides a comprehensive overview of women’s political activism, comparing formal and informal channels of power from official institutions of state to grassroots mobilizations and Internet campaigns. Illuminating the politics of identity enmeshed in local, national, and global gender orders, this book explores women’s creation of new political spaces and innovative political strategies to secure full citizenship and equal access to political power. Incorporating case studies from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, Mary Hawkesworth analyzes critical issues such as immigration and citizenship, the politics of representation, sexual regulation, and gender mainstreaming in order to examine how women mobilize in this era of globalization.Political Worlds of Womendeepens understandings of national and global citizenship and presents the formidable challenges facing racial and gender justice in the contemporary world. It is an essential resource for students and scholars of women’s studies and gender politics.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Westview Press
Publication date: 2/28/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Acknowledgments
List of Images
Political Worlds of Women: Introduction
Strategies of Political Analysis
Comparative Assessment
Multilevel Analysis
Feminist Theorizing in Context
Tracing Historical Change
Expanding Political Frames
From Individual and Institutional Analysis to Structures of Oppression
Chapter Overview
Political Leadership, Gendered Institutions, and the Politics of Exclusion
Women in Executive Offices
Women in National Legislatures
Explaining Women's Continuing Absence
Gendered Institutions and the Politics of Exclusion: Historical Precedents
Body Politics in the American and French Revolutions
The Consolidation of Separate Spheres
Political Parties and the Politics of Exclusion: Contemporary Practices
Conclusion
From Demography to Development: Women's Worlds and the Politics of Knowledge
Global Gender Demographics
Life Expectancy
Gender Ratios
Marriage and Divorce
Pregnancy and Childbearing
Women's Labor
Migration
War and Displacement
Development
Modernization Theory as Policy Practice
Gender and Gendering in Development Policies
Women and Development: Reproduction and "Welfare"
Women in Development:
The Virtues of Waged Labor in the Formal Sector Gender and Development
Sustainable Development
Conclusion
Producing Raced-Gendered Citizens
Liberty, Equality, and Citizenship: Classical Liberal Presumptions
The Political Demarcation of Public and Private Spheres
Producing Raced-Gendered Citizens
Birthright and Its Suspension
Miscegenation Laws: Crafting the Complexion of Citizens
Immigration
The Discursive Production of Raced-Gendered Citizens
Welfare Policy
Biopower
Conclusion
From the Politics of Identity to Identity Politics
Dispelling Caricatures of Identity Politics
The Politics of Identity
The Microphysics of Power: Regulating Dress
Patrolling National Borders: Marriage and Reproduction
Reproducing Servility
Sexual Terror as Feminizing Practice
Femicide
Making Injustice Visible and Actionable
Identity Politics
Struggling for Visibility
Expanding the National Imaginary
Challenging Political Homophobia
Securing Constitutional Rights and Recognition
Transnational Strategies for Sexual Democracy
Conclusion
Engaging the State
Competing Conceptions of the State
The Straggle for Equal Citizenship
The Quest for Equality in the United States
Activism and Advocacy in Comparative Perspective
Women's Movements and Democratization in Latin America
Women's Movement Activism at the Grassroots in India
Feminist Civil Society: From Interest Groups to NGOs
NGOs in Postsocialist States
The European Women's Lobby: Coordinating Gender Equality Initiatives
Engaging the State in Africa:
From Apartheid to. the War on Terror Mobilizing for Equality it South Africa
Engaging the State in Morocco
Conclusion
Becoming the State
Portraits of Women Heads of State
Routes to Power: From Kinship to Quotas
Political Parties and the Gender Politics of Partisanship
Strategies to Limit Male Dominance
Reserved Seats
Voluntary Party Quotas
Mandatory Quotas
Challenges in Governing: Gender Politics in Office
Obstacles Confronting Women in Political Office
Conclusion
Promoting Equality Through Policymaking and Policy
Equality Policies: From Women's Machinery to State Feminism
Women's Policy Machinery
State Feminism
Policy Interventions: Violence Against Women
Brazil's Delegacia da Mulher (Women's Police Station)
Family Courts in India
Gender Mainstreaming
Comparative Approaches to Gender Mainstreaming
The Politics of Equality
Conclusion
International and Transnational Political Activism
Activism Within International Institutions
The UN Commission on the Status of Women and CEDAW
UW World Conferences and NGO Forums
UN Women
Transnational Activism:
Preventing War by Reconceptualizing Peace Early Twentieth-Century Interventions
Promoting Peace in the Contemporary Era
Expanding the Framework of Peace Activism
Everyday Peacemaking
Conclusion
Virtual Politics
The Technological Infrastructure for Virtual Politics
New Media and the Politics of Mobilization
Flash Mobs
Networking
Blogging
Information Politics
Peer-to-Peer Exchanges
New Media, Electoral Politics, and Political Participation: Evidence from the United States
Inclusion and Exclusion in Virtual Politics
The Microphysics of Power Within the Profession
The Politics of Representation and the Content of New Media
North/South Inequities
Gendered Genres in New Media
Refiguring the Public and the Private
Conclusion
Political Worlds of Women: Future Prospects
Prospects for Equitable Politics
Obstacles
Gendered States, Subordinating Practices
Stereotyping and Bias in Evaluation
Norms Grounded in Men's Experience
Frames That Mask Raced-Gendered Power
Economic Practices That Fuel Inequality
Resistance and Reaction
Fundamentalist Offensives
Future Prospects
Abbreviations
Glossary
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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