Political Worlds of Women: Activism, Advocacy, and Governance in the Twenty-First Century [NOOK Book]

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Political Worlds of Women provides a comprehensive overview of women’s political activism, comparing formal and informal channels of power from official institutions of state to grassroots mobilizations and Internet campaigns. Illuminating the politics of identity enmeshed in local, national, and global gender orders, this book explores women’s creation of new political spaces and innovative political strategies to secure full citizenship and equal access to political power. Incorporating case studies from ...
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Political Worlds of Women: Activism, Advocacy, and Governance in the Twenty-First Century

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Overview

Political Worlds of Women provides a comprehensive overview of women’s political activism, comparing formal and informal channels of power from official institutions of state to grassroots mobilizations and Internet campaigns. Illuminating the politics of identity enmeshed in local, national, and global gender orders, this book explores women’s creation of new political spaces and innovative political strategies to secure full citizenship and equal access to political power. Incorporating case studies from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, Mary Hawkesworth analyzes critical issues such as immigration and citizenship, the politics of representation, sexual regulation, and gender mainstreaming in order to examine how women mobilize in this era of globalization. Political Worlds of Women deepens understandings of national and global citizenship and presents the formidable challenges facing racial and gender justice in the contemporary world. It is an essential resource for students and scholars of women’s studies and gender politics.
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Praise for Political Worlds of Women by Mary Hawkesworth

“Mary Hawkesworth has given us an amazing gift: a truly global exploration of women activists' thinking and strategizing that never slips into bland generalization. Political Worlds of Women shows us how densely rich and locally rooted feminist activist experience has been, from Nigeria to Pakistan, from the US to France. Here is a book we'll all be assigning to our students for years to come.”
Cynthia Enloe, author of The Curious Feminist

“Broad in its scope, radical in its theory and careful in its scholarship, Political Worlds of Women offers a truly transformative synthesis of global gender politics. Hawkesworth's integrative vision encompasses both the conventional institutional narratives of political science and the most challenging insights of transnational feminism. She brilliantly rethinks familiar concepts like identity politics and embodied citizenship, challenges the divisions among comparative politics, international relations, and theory, and provides a wealth of empirical detail about women's raced-gendered realities around the world. This book offers insights to the seasoned feminist scholar no less than to students in their first course in gender and politics.”
Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin-Madison

“Political Worlds of Women is new and refreshing; a clear departure from current gender and politics textbooks. Mary Hawkesworth combines cross-national and global transnational perspectives without getting mired down into focusing on a specific set of countries or regions. She takes an ‘intersectional’ approach showing how gender has been intertwined with race/ethnicity, sexuality, class in the unfolding of politics and democratic development throughout the globe. A perfect book to adopt for gender and politics courses in the 21st century!!”
Amy G. Mazur, Washington State University

Political Worlds of Women is a forceful and comprehensive account of the dynamic intersection of gender and race and the embodiment of power in contemporary global politics. It is a must read!”
Dr. Janine Brodie, University of Alberta

Political Worlds of Women deepens understandings of national and global citizenship and presents the formidable challenges facing racial and gender justice in the contemporary world. It is an essential resource for students and scholars of women’s studies and gender politics.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813344966
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 921,118
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Mary Hawkesworth is professor of political science and women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of numerous journal articles and published works, including Globalization and Feminist Activism and Feminist Inquiry; coauthor of Women, Democracy and Globalization in North America; and editor of many books, including War and Terror: Feminist Perspectives. She is also the editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.
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Table of Contents

Political Worlds of Women: Introduction
Strategies of Political Analysis
Comparative Assessment
Multilevel Analysis
Feminist Theorizing in Context
Tracing Historical Change

Expanding Political Frames
From Individual and Institutional Analysis to Structures of Oppression
Chapter Overview

I. Political Leadership, Gendered Institutions, and the Politics of Exclusion
Women in Executive Offices
Women in National Legislatures
Explaining Women’s Continuing Absence
Gendered Institutions and the Politics of Exclusion: Historical Precedents
Body Politics in the American and French Revolutions
The Consolidation of Separate Spheres
Political Parties and the Politics of Exclusion: Contemporary Practices

Conclusion

II. From Demography to Development: Women’s Worlds and the Politics of Knowledge
Global Gender Demographics
Life Expectancy
Gender Ratios
Marriage and Divorce
Pregnancy and Childbearing
Women’s Labor
Migration
War and Displacement

Development
Modernization Theory as Policy Practice
Gender and Gendering in Development Policies
Women and Development: Reproduction and “Welfare”
Women in Development:
The Virtues of Waged Labor in the Formal Sector
Gender and Development
Sustainable Development

Conclusion

III. Producing Raced-Gendered Citizens
Liberty, Equality, and Citizenship: Classical Liberal Presumptions
The Political Demarcation of Public and Private Spheres
Producing Raced-Gendered Citizens
Birthright and Its Suspension
Miscegenation Laws: Crafting the Complexion of Citizens
Immigration

The Discursive Production of Raced-Gendered Citizens
Welfare Policy
Biopower

Conclusion

IV. From the Politics of Identity to Identity Politics
Dispelling Caricatures of Identity Politics
The Politics of Identity
The Microphysics of Power: Regulating Dress
Patrolling National Borders: Marriage and Reproduction
Reproducing Servility
Sexual Terror as Feminizing Practice
Femicide

Making Injustice Visible and Actionable
Identity Politics
Struggling for Visibility
Expanding the National Imaginary
Challenging Political Homophobia
Securing Constitutional Rights and Recognition
Transnational Strategies for Sexual Democracy

Conclusion

V. Engaging the State
Competing Conceptions of the State
The Struggle for Equal Citizenship
The Quest for Equality in the United States
Activism and Advocacy in Comparative Perspective
Women’s Movements and Democratization in Latin America
Women’s Movement Activism at the Grassroots in India

Feminist Civil Society: From Interest Groups to NGOs
NGOs in Postsocialist States
The European Women’s Lobby:
Coordinating Gender Equality Initiatives
Engaging the State in Africa:
From Apartheid to the War on Terror
Mobilizing for Equality in South Africa
Engaging the State in Morocco

Conclusion

VI. Becoming the State
Portraits of Women Heads of State
Routes to Power: From Kinship to Quotas
Political Parties and the Gender Politics of Partisanship
Strategies to Limit Male Dominance
Reserved Seats
Voluntary Party Quotas
Mandatory Quotas

Challenges in Governing: Gender Politics in Office
Obstacles Confronting Women in Political Office
Conclusion

VII. Promoting Equality Through Policymaking and Policy
Equality Policies: From Women’s Machinery to State Feminism
Women’s Policy Machinery
State Feminism

Policy Interventions: Violence Against Women
Brazil’s Delegacia da Mulher (Women’s Police Station)
Family Courts in India

Gender Mainstreaming
Comparative Approaches to Gender Mainstreaming
The Politics of Equality

Conclusion

VIII. International and Transnational Political Activism
Activism Within International Institutions
The UN Commission on the Status of Women and CEDAW
UN World Conferences and NGO Forums
UN Women

Transnational Activism:
Preventing War by Reconceptualizing Peace
Early Twentieth-Century Interventions
Promoting Peace in the Contemporary Era
Expanding the Framework of Peace Activism
Everyday Peacemaking

Conclusion

IX. Virtual Politics
The Technological Infrastructure for Virtual Politics
New Media and the Politics of Mobilization
Flash Mobs
Networking
Blogging
Information Politics
Peer-to-Peer Exchanges

New Media, Electoral Politics, and Political Participation:
Evidence from the United States
Inclusion and Exclusion in Virtual Politics
The Microphysics of Power Within the Profession
The Politics of Representation and the Content of New Media
North/South Inequities

Gendered Genres in New Media
Refiguring the Public and the Private
Conclusion

X. Political Worlds of Women: Future Prospects
Prospects for Equitable Politics
Obstacles
Gendered States, Subordinating Practices
Stereotyping and Bias in Evaluation
Norms Grounded in Men’s Experience
Frames That Mask Raced-Gendered Power
Economic Practices That Fuel Inequality
Resistance and Reaction
Fundamentalist Offensives

Future Prospects
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