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The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba
     

The Revolution Question: Feminisms in El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba

by Julie D. Shayne
 

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ISBN-10: 0813534844

ISBN-13: 9780813534848

Pub. Date: 11/01/2004

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

What do women do for revolutions? And what do revolutions do for women? Julie Shayne explores the roles of women in revolutionary struggles and the relationship of these movements to the emergence of feminism. Focusing upon the three very different cases of El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba, Shayne documents the roles of women in armed and unarmed political activities.

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What do women do for revolutions? And what do revolutions do for women? Julie Shayne explores the roles of women in revolutionary struggles and the relationship of these movements to the emergence of feminism. Focusing upon the three very different cases of El Salvador, Chile, and Cuba, Shayne documents the roles of women in armed and unarmed political activities. She argues that women contribute to and participate in revolutionary movements in ways quite distinct from men. Despite the fact that their political contributions tend to be seen as less important than those of their male comrades, the roles that women play are actually quite significant to the expansion of revolutionary movements. Shayne also explains how, given the convergence of political and ideological factors, feminism is often born in the wake of revolutionary movements. As a result, revolutionary feminism is a struggle that addresses larger structures of political and economic inequalities. Based on extensive in-depth interviews with activists in all three countries, The Revolution Question offers new insight into the complex gender relations underlying revolutionary social movements and enables us to re-assess both the ways that women affect political struggle and the ways in which political struggle affects women.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813534848
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
11/01/2004
Pages:
228
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsix
List of Acronymsxi
Introduction: Femininity, Revolution, and Feminism1
1Gender and the Revolutionary Struggle in El Salvador, 1979-199219
2Feminism in Postwar El Salvador, 1992-199946
3The Tenure of Salvador Allende through a Feminist Lens, 1970-197367
4Dictatorship, Democracy, and Feminism in Post-Allende Chile, 1973-199990
5The Cuban Insurrection through a Feminist Lens, 1952-1959115
6The Women's Movement in Postinsurrection Cuba, 1959-1999135
Conclusion: Unity-Inspired Divisions159
AppendixTime Lines169
Notes177
References187
Index203

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