1st Edition

Women's Activism and Globalization Linking Local Struggles and Global Politics

Edited By Nancy A. Naples, Manisha Desai Copyright 2002
    356 Pages
    by Routledge

    Women's Activism and Globalization is a broad and comprehensive collection that shows how women activists across the globe are responding to the forces of the new world order in their communities. The first person accounts and regional case studies provide a truly global view of women working in their communities for change. The essays examine women in urban, rural, and suburban locations around the world to provide a rich understanding of the common themes as well as significant divergences among women activists in different parts of the world.

    I. Introduction 1. Changing the Terms: Community Activism, Globalization, and the Dilemmas of Transnational Feminist Praxis, Nancy A. Naples 2. Transnational Solidarity: Women's Agency, Structural Adjustment, and Globalization, Manisha Desai 3. Women's Local and Translocal Responses: An Introduction to the Chapters, Nancy A. Naples and Manisha Desai II. Organizing Across Borders 4. Women to Women: Dissident Citizen Diplomacy in Nicaragua, Clare Weber 5. From Mothers' Rights to Equal Rights: Post-Soviet Grassroots Women's Associations, Alexandra Hrycak 6. Las Mujeres Invisibles/The Invisible Women, Sharon Ann Navarro 7. Contesting Multiple Margins: Asian Indian Community Activism in the Early and Late 20th Century, Bandana Purkayashta III. Localizing Global Politics 8. Creating Alternatives from a Gender Perspective: Transnational Organizing for Maquila Workers' Rights in Central America, Jennifer Bickham Mendez 9. Context, Strategy, Ground: Rural Women Organizing to Confront Local/Global Economic Issues, Betty Wells 10. Linking Local Efforts with Global Struggle: Trinidad's National Union of Domestic Employees, Marina Karides 11. Women Activists in Mali: The Global Discourse on Human Rights, Susanna D. Wing IV. Activism In and Against the Transnational State 12. The Limits of Micro-Credit: Transnational Feminism and USAID Activities in the United States and Morocco, Winifred Poster and Zakia Salime 13. No Discrimination Whatsoever: Women's Transnational Activism and the Evolution of EU Sex Equality Policy, Rachel A. Cichowski Redefining Security: Okinawa Women's Resistance to U.S. Militarism, Yoko Fukumura and Martha Matsuoka V. Conclusion 15. Transnational Feminist Praxis: The Politics of Location, Nancy A. Naples


    Nancy A. Naples is the Director of the Women's Studies Program at the University of California-Irvine and is the author of Grassroots Warriors (Routledge, 1998) and editor of Community Activism and Feminist Politics (Routledge, 1997). Manisha Desai is Chair of Sociology and member of the Women's Studies Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Geneva, NY.

    "This wonderful collection of essays explores the complicated connections between local and transnational politics. All of the essays illuminate the creative and courageous ways in which women challenge global inequalities from diverse localities." -- Amrita Basu, editor of The Challenge of Local Feminisms: Women's Movements in Global Perspective
    "Women's Activism and Globalization is a marvelous collection of case studies that demonstrates how global and economic change are manifested in women's daily lives and how women have mobilized in response to these powerful forces." -- Jill Quadagno, author of The Color of Welfare: How Racism Undermined the War on Poverty
    "This exciting book shows us that the many diverse struggles of women worldwide against global restructuring are engendering a complex architecture that is more than the sum of these struggles." -- Saskia Sassen, author of Globalization and Its Discontents
    "We need more attention to the diverse and growing nature of women's working contributions around the world, and the new politics of globalization. This collection brings the two areas together admirably. Highly recommended." -- Gillian Youngs, author of International Relations in a Global Age
    "From global to local and back again, this collection uncovers women's diverse and collective activisms in response to globalization and economic restructuring. These stories offer testimony to the possibilities for local and global challenges that engender transformation of ourselves and our world." -- Deborah Stienstra, author of Women's Movements and International Organizations