This book brings together a group of feminist activists, psychologists, and peace workers from countries on every continent who describe how they apply global/transnational feminism in their activist peace and justice projects in the cultures and countries in which they live and work. The contributors, who are from different locations in the “global village”, reflect on their engagement in Global South/North border crossings and partnerships, taking into consideration such variables as the gender, economic/class, ethnic, racial, political and imperializing/colonizing tensions inherent in the work. Authors discuss the feminist principles that guide their work, describe a project or set of projects illustrating how they apply feminist theory and practice, and reflect on the complexitites, tensions and conundrums inherent in negotiating cross-national feminist partnerships in research, practice, and activism.
This book was originally published as a special issue of Women & Therapy.
Table of Contents
1. Border crossings: Feminist activists and peace workers collaborating across cultures Kathryn L. Norsworthy and Ellyn Kaschak 2. Fostering a grassroots women’s movement through feminist leadership on the Burma-India border Ginger Norwood and Cheery Zahau 3. Crossing borders, building bridges, and swimming upstream: Feminist liberatory work within South Thailand communities in conflict Kathryn L. Norsworthy and Duanghathai Buranajaroenkij 4. Working across boundaries: Exploring the relations of researching gender and development Marie Campbell and Elena Kim 5. Insider outsider: Reflections on working with one’s own communities Oksana Yakushko and Manijeh Badiee, Anitra Mallory, and Sherry Wang 6. Decolonization and “mental” health: A mestiza’s journey in the borderlands Pilar Hernández-Wolfe 7. Crossing borders without leaving home Sara Sharratt 8. Sexual assault recovery in the aftermath of the Liberian civil war: Forging a sisterhood between feminist psychology and feminist theology Thema Bryant-Davis, Pepperdine University, USA, Katurah Cooper, Empowerment Temple AME Church, Liberia, and Alison Marks, Kimberly Smith, and Shaquita Tillmann, Pepperdine University, USA 9. Conclusion
Kathryn L. Norsworthy is a licensed psychologist and professor for Graduate Studies in Counseling, Rollins College, USA. For the last 14 years, she has been engaging in feminist peace building, women’s leadership, trauma recovery, HIV/AIDS, and violence against women research and practice projects in South and Southeast Asia.
Ellyn Kaschak, Ph.D. is Professor Emerita of Psychology at San Jose State University. A clinical psychologist, she has published numerous books and articles on the topic of feminist psychology and has received several awards for being one of the founders of the field. She is also the editor of the journal Women and Therapy and has taught and initiated several projects in Costa Rica.