Global Feminism: Transnational Women's Activism, Organizing, and Human Rights

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Increasingly feminists around the world have successfully campaigned for recognition of women's full personhood and empowerment. Global Feminism explores the social and political developments that have energized this movement. Drawn from an international group of scholars and activists, the authors of these original essays assess both the opportunities that transnationalism has created and the tensions it has inadvertently fostered. By focusing on both the local and global struggles of today's feminist activists this important volume reveals much about women's changing rights, treatment and impact in the global world.

Contributors: Melinda Adams, Aida Bagic, Yakin Ertürk, Myra Marx Ferree, Amy G. Mazur, Dorothy E. McBride, Hilkka Pietilä, Tetyana Pudrovska, Margaret Snyder, Sarah Swider, Aili Mari Tripp, Nira Yuval-Davis.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This important study is pitched to an academic community that remains highly patriarchal. Thus, it should make a valuable impact on this audience.”
-Choice, Highly Recommended

Global Feminism offers a powerful analysis of the intersection of feminism and globalization, national women's movements and transnational politics, and activism and scholarship. Many of the authors reflect on their experiences as activists to produce a rich examination of feminist mobilization in the 21st century. Among the many strengths of this collection are the ways in which the authors make visible the contradictions of globalization for women's empowerment and evaluate feminist strategies for challenging male domination in its many forms. This book advances our understanding of how to increase social justice and democratic practice in movement organizations and feminist networks. The authors vividly demonstrate what feminism has to offer all movements for social justice.”
-Nancy A. Naples,author of Feminism and Method: Ethnography, Discourse Analysis and Activist Research

Global Feminism is an extremely useful and important volume that systematically examines transnational women's movements as well as raises a number of important theoretical questions about global rights and transnational organizing.”
-Amrita Basu,editor of The Challenge of Local Feminism: Women's Movements in Global Perspective

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814727355
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2006
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 0.88 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Myra Marx Ferree is the Alice H. Cook Professor of Sociology and Director of the European Union
Center of Excellence at the University of Wisconsin.

Aili Mari Tripp is Professor of Political Science and Gender & Women's Studies and Director of the Center for Research on Gender and Women at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Table of Contents

1 Globalization and feminism : opportunities and obstacles for activism in the global arena 3
2 Unlikely godmother : the UN and the global women's movement 24
3 The evolution of transnational feminisms : consensus, conflict, and new dynamics 51
4 Turkey's modern paradoxes : identity politics, women's agency, and universal rights 79
5 Working women of the world unite? : labor organizing and transnational gender solidarity among domestic workers in Hong Kong 110
6 Women's organizing in post-Yugoslav countries : talking about "donors" 141
7 Women as agents for development : learning from the experiences of women in Finland? 166
8 Regional women's activism : African women's networks and the African Union 187
9 Measuring feminist mobilization : cross-national convergences and transnational networks in Western Europe 219
10 Transnational feminist NGOs on the Web : networks and identities in the global north and south 247
11 Human/women's rights and feminist transversal politics 275
12 Challenges in transnational feminist mobilization 296
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