Women and the Politics of Place

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"This book analyzes the mobilization of women's economic and social justice movements by challenging traditional views"--Provided by publisher.
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"Providing important insights for feminist theory and globalization studies, Women and the Politics of Place takes us into the often neglected realms of globalization found in concrete places, organizations, and women's bodies that highlight affirmative initiatives to improve life and meet basic needs. This book is a welcome and sophisticated tool for understanding the places of women in the ever-evolving spaces of contemporary global politics and culture."

"All of the essays point to existing practices within place-based women’s struggles that represent both resistance and place-based alternatives to the presumed hegemony of patriarchal neoliberal globalization. As Alvarez points out, the volume contributes immensely to the awaremess of the global ‘in place’ while also helping to "disturb place-based strategies" that may only be suffocating for women or apologias for the maintainance of power asymmetries...Highly recommended."

"Explores the experiences of women across a wide cross-section of political realities of power. The voices of these women speak eloquently, demonstrating the value of their experience. This is particularly important in a time when global entities seem to promote free-market Darwinism as a viable response to world poverty and inequality... brings home the connectedness of movements in a profound way."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565492080
  • Publisher: Kumarian Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Arturo Escobar is a professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is author of the influential book Encountering Development-The Making and Unmaking of the Third World. His recent research has focused on the intersection among development, capital, and social movements in the Colombian Pacific region. Specifically, he is concerned with looking in the context of the transnational debates on rainforest political ecology and biodiversity conservation.

Wendy Harcourt is a program adviser at the Society for International Development, an international development NGO and Editor of Development, the SID quarterly journal, and the current Chair of Women in Development, Europe. She writes extensively in the field of gender and development and has led several research and policy programs for SID, the UN, and European NGOs on globalization, alternative economics and gender, reproductive rights and health, culture and communications.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : practices of difference : introducing Women and the politics of place 1
1 Bodies in places, places in bodies 20
2 The body politic in global development discourse : a women and the politics of place perspective 32
3 Transforming passion, politics, and pain : in dialogue with Fatma Alloo 48
4 The politics of place and women's rights in Pakistan : in dialogue with Khawar Mumtaz 59
5 Political landscapes and ecologies of Zambrana-Chacuey : the legacy of Mama Tingo 72
6 Domesticating the neoliberal city : invisible genders and the politics of place 86
7 Women and the defense of place in Colombian black movement struggles 100
8 Women displaced : democracy, development, and identity in India : in dialogue with Smitu Kothari 115
9 Building community economies : women and the politics of place 103
10 Place-based politics and the meaning of diverse economies for women and young people in rural Finland 158
11 Place-based globalism : locating women in the alternative globalization movement 174
12 Zapitista women : place-based struggles and the search for autonomy 190
13 Out of the shadows : listening to place-based narratives of Palestinian women 206
14 Still challenging 'place' : sex, money, and agency in women's migrations 221
15 Politics of place in multilevel games : are Arab women acting or reacting? 234
Afterword : the politics of place, the place of politics : some forward-looking reflections 248
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