Global Democracy, Social Movements To Feminism

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In Global Democracy, Social Movements, and Feminism Catherine Eschle examines the relationship between social movements and democracy in social and political thought in the context of debates about the exclusions and mobilizations generated by gender hierarchies and the impact of globalization. Eschle considers a range of approaches in social and political thought, from long-standing liberal, republican, Marxist and anarchist traditions, through post-Marxist and post-modernist innovations and recent efforts to theorize democracy and social movements at a global level. The author turns to feminist theory and movement practices--and particularly to black and third world feminist interventions--in debates about the democratization of feminism itself. Eschle discusses the ways in which such debates are increasingly played out on a global scale as feminists grapple with the implication of globalization for movement organization. The author then concludes with a discussion of the relevance of these feminist debates for the theorization of democracy more generally in an era of global transformation.
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In the context of arguments about the exclusions and mobilizations generated by gender hierarchies and the impact of globalization, Eschle (politics, U. of Strathclyde-Glasgow) examines the relationship between social movements and democracy in social and political thought. She argues that debates within the feminist movement have generated important reworkings of the concepts of power, politics, agency, and change. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813391496
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Series: Feminist Theory and Politics Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 296
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 0.67 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Eschle completed a doctorate in social and political thought at the University of Sussex. She is currently tutoring courses in international relations, and politics and social science for the University of Sussex and the Open University.
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Table of Contents

List of Tables ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction 1
1 Modernity, Social Movements, and Democracy 17
Introduction 17
Epochal Change (1) 18
Liberalism, Individualism, and Civil Society 24
Marxism, Historical Materialism, and Class Struggle 32
Republicanism, Citizenship, and the Public Sphere 37
Anarchism, Power, and Movement 42
Conclusion 48
2 New Times, New Social Movements, New Democracy 53
Introduction 53
Epochal Change (2) 54
Associations, States, and Markets 61
Radicalizing Civil Society 64
Radical Democracy and Hegemony 68
A Postmodern Politics of Difference 72
Conclusion 76
3 Constructing a Woman-Friendly Polity 85
Introduction 85
Gendered Exclusions and Feminist Explanations 86
Feminist Reconstructions of the Polity 97
Democratic Limitations 102
Conclusion 111
4 Reconstructing the Feminist Movement 117
Introduction 117
Democratizing the Feminist Movement 118
Black and Third World Feminist Interventions 123
Democratic Innovations (1) 128
Conclusion 139
5 Globalizing Democracy, Globalizing Movements 145
Introduction 145
Epochal Change (3) 146
Modernizing Liberal Cosmopolitanism 158
Demarchy on a Global Scale 163
Marxism and the Globalization of Class Struggle 166
Globalizing Radical Civil Society 170
A Postmodern Politics of Connection 174
Conclusion 177
6 Reconstructing Global Feminism, Engendering Global Democracy 185
Introduction 185
Gendering Epochal Change 186
Reconstructing the Polity in an Era of Globalization 196
Reconstructing Global Feminism 200
Democratic Innovations (2) 204
Conclusion 217
Conclusion 223
References 237
Index 269
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