How and to what degree are women worldwide gaining and using power? This book offers the first genuinely comparative assessment of this key question by exploring the conditions, actions, and accomplishments of women in Latin America and Asia. Encompassing 60 percent of the world's population and experiencing far-reaching transformations, these two regions offer a vital window into our understanding of the experiences of women globally. Revealing both basic similarities and fundamental differences, this volume offers thoughtful insights about the changing conditions of women, on the one hand, and, on the other, about patterns of social change throughout Asia and Latin America.
This intriguing book advances a new understanding of the complex casual dynamics behind women's empowerment and lays the groundwork for future research on the unique constraints and opportunities presented by each path.
A much-needed and long-awaited cross-regional collection with Latin America and Asia as the focus and gender power relations at the core.
Jane S. Jaquette
From the foreword:
A stimulating set of essays. . . . Promises of Empowerment speaks to some of the most persistent questions in feminist theory and comparative politics, and shows that power, despite cultural differences and definitional debates, remains the key issue for women.
Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
Publication date: 11/13/2006
Edition description: New Edition
Edition number: 1
Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)
Meet the Author
Peter H. Smith is distinguished professor of political science and Simón Bolívar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. Jennifer L. Troutner is an independent scholar. Christine Hünefeldt is professor of history at the University of California, San Diego.
Part 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Introduction: Empowering Women: Agency, Structure, and Comparative Perspective Part 3 Politics and the Public Arena Chapter 4 Many Paths to Power: Women in Contemporary Asia Chapter 5 Climbing the Pyramids of Power: Alternative Routes to Women's Empowerment and Activism Chapter 6 From the Personal to the Political: Women Activists in Japan Chapter 7 Feminism and the Transition to Democracy in Chile Part 8 At Work and at Home Chapter 9 Women and Economic Crisis: Mexico and Thailand Chapter 10 Women, Poverty, and Survival of the Household: Peru Chapter 11 Women in the Business World: Japan in Comparative Perspective Chapter 12 Women and the Internet in China Part 13 Constructions and Representations Chapter 14 Social Codes and Gender Roles: Schoolbooks in Korea and Mexico Chapter 15 Women and Cinema in Mexico Chapter 16 Gender and Sexuality on Television: Japan and Brazil Chapter 17 Conclusion: States, Markets, and Patterns of Empowerment