1st Edition

Gender and Civil Society

By Jude Howell, Diane Mulligan Copyright 2005
    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    276 Pages
    by Routledge

    Over the last two decades there has been considerable enthusiasm for the concept of civil society amongst researchers, practitioners and activists. Yet despite this enthusiasm for the concept, the gendered nature of civil society and the impact of feminist organizing on civil society has received minimal attention.
    This edited volume seeks to address this gap, and considers:
    * how the political environment and nature of the state shapes the way women organize, the issues they address, and their capacity to affect changes in state policies on gender
    * is the women's movement structurally different from other civil society organizations?
    * does the gender lens alter our vision of civil society?
    The chapters in this volume pursue two or more of these questions and cover a diversity of contexts, including the US, East and Central Europe, China, the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, Central America and Chile. This book not only draws together the concepts of gender and civil society, but also adopts an international perspective, highlighting the diverse trajectories of women organizing in different country contexts and the historical, cultural and political specificities of civil society.

    1. Introduction Jude Howell2. Gender and Civil Society in East Central Europe Barbara Einhorn and Charlotte Sever3. Women's Organisations and Civil Society in China: Making a Difference Jude Howell4. Women in Movement: Transformations in African Political Landscapes Aili Mari Tripp5. Gender and Civil Society in the Middle East Nadje Al-Ali6. The Discourse of Dangdut: Gender and Civil Society in Indonesia Diane Mulligan7. Chilean Feminism(s) in the 1990s: Paradoxes of an Unfinished Transition Marcela Rios Tobar8. Impact of Feminist Civil Society and Political Alliances on Gender Policies in Mexico Linda S. Stevenson9. The Dimensions and Policy Impact of Feminist Civil Society: Democratic Policy Making on Violence Against Women in the Fifty U.S. States S.L.Weldon10. Who is the Real Civil Society? Women's Groups versus Pro-Family Groups at the International Criminal Court Negotations Marlies GlaiusConclusion Jude Howell


    Howell, Jude; Mulligan, Diane