Community Activism and Feminist Politics: Organizing Across Race, Class, and Gender

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This collection demonstrates the diversity of women's struggles against problems such as racism, violence, homophobia, focusing on the complex ways that gender, culture, race-ethnicity and class shape women's political consciousness in the US.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415916295
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/24/1997
  • Series: Perspectives on Gender Series
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy A. Naples is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of California, Irvine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Women's Community Activism and Feminist Activist Research 1
Ch. 1 Whose Feminism, Whose History?: Reflections on Excavating the History of (the) US Women's Movement(s) 31
Ch. 2 Women's Culture and Lesbian Feminist Activism: A Reconsideration of Cultural Feminism 57
Ch. 3 Reconceptualizing Agency in Domestic Violence Court 81
Ch. 4 Conversation, Research, and Struggles over Schooling in an African American Community 107
Ch. 5 Challenging Power: Toxic Waste Protests and the Politicization of White, Working-Class Women 129
Ch. 6 Producing the Battered Woman: Shelter Politics and the Power of the Feminist Voice 151
Ch. 7 Navigating the Anti-Immigrant Wave: The Korean Women's Hotline and the Politics of Community 175
Ch. 8 Latina Immigrant Women and Paid Domestic Work: Upgrading the Occupation 199
Ch. 9 Class, Gender, and Resistance in the Appalachian Coalfields 213
Ch. 10 Gender, Race, and Community Activism: Competing Strategies in the Struggle for Public Education 237
Ch. 11 "The Community Needs to be Built by Us": Women Organizing in Chicago Public Housing 257
Ch. 12 Creating Community: Mexican American Women in Eastside Los Angeles 275
Ch. 13 Work, Politics, and Coalition Building: Hmong Women's Activism in a Central California Town 301
Ch. 14 Women's Community Activism: Exploring the Dynamics of Politicization and Diversity 327
References 351
Permissions 389
Contributors 391
Index 395
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