Globalization And Feminist Activism / Edition 1

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In this compelling and comprehensive overview, Mary E. Hawkesworth explores transnational feminist efforts to produce a more just global order. Arguing that globalization is a feminist issue, she considers how social, economic, and political inequalities between men and women of different races, classes, ethnicities, and nationalities have been produced and contested over the past two centuries of capitalist development. Through the use of both historical and contemporary examples, the author demonstrates how women have forged international networks and alliances to address specific gender issues beyond the borders of the nation-state, crafting policies to mitigate pressing abuses and devising alternatives to liberal and neoliberal agendas. Analyzing innovative feminist tactics to produce global change, the book carefully traces the structural forces that permeate and constrain transnational feminist activism. Hawkesworth illuminates the complexity of feminist strategies to influence international agencies and foundations, national governments, and transnational NG's alike. By providing critical new insights into the gendered nature of the global system and the gendered dynamics of international institutions and nation states, this work will be invaluable for all those engaged in the interdisciplinary fields of globalization studies and feminist studies.

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Editorial Reviews

Hawkesworth offers a rich review of international feminist activism since the 19th century. . . . Recommended.
V. Spike Peterson
Globalization involves a politics of feminization: rendering females and males subservient to market imperatives and subject to devalorization of their bodies, labor, and skills. How have and might feminists respond to continuity and change in devaluing that which is ‘feminized'? Hawkesworth deftly guides us through this expansive terrain. Comprehensive yet cogent, critical but not daunting, this is a must-read for all who wonder about globalizations and feminisms: past, present, and future.
Hawkesworth offers a rich review of international feminist activism since the 19th century. . . . Recommended.
Gillian Youngs
This rich and engaging volume will change your view of globalization forever. A powerful study of the women's movement, making links across history and theory in a fresh and always accessible style.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780742537835
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: Globalization Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary E. Hawkesworth is professor of political science and women's and gender studies at Rutgers University and editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Engendering Globalization Chapter 2 Feminists Go Global: Reclaiming a History Chapter 3 Outsiders, Insiders, and Outsiders Within: Feminist Strategies for Global Transformation Chapter 4 Global Feminist Circuits: Contemporary Contestations Chapter 5 Global Feminist Futures: The Struggle Continues

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