As part of the emerging new research on civic innovation, this book explores how sexual politics and gender relations play out in feminist struggles around body politics in Brazil, Colombia, India, Iran, Mexico, Nepal, Turkey, Nicaragua, as well as in East Africa, Latin America and global institutions and networks. From diverse disciplinary perspectives, the book looks at how feminists are engaged in a complex struggle for democratic power in a neoliberal age and at how resistance is integral to possibilities for change.
In making visible resistances to dominant economic and social policies, the book highlights how such struggles are both gendered and gendering bodies. The chapters explore struggles for healthy environments, sexual health and reproductive rights, access to abortion, an end to gender-based violence, the human rights of LGBTIQA persons, the recognition of indigenous territories and all peoples’ rights to care, love and work freely. The book sets out the violence, hopes, contradictions and ways forward in these civic innovations, resistances and connections across the globe.
About the Author
Wendy Harcourt is Associate Professor in Critical Development and Feminist Studies at the International Institute of Social Sciences of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Hague, The Netherlands. She joined the ISS in November 2011 after 20 years at the Society for International Development, Rome, Italy, as Editor of the journal Development and Director of Programmes. She has edited 10 books and won the FWSA prize in 2010 for her book Body Politics in Development.
Table of ContentsIntroduction; Wendy Harcourt, Silke Heumann and Marjan Radjavi.- Section I The Politics of Place: Gender, movements and bodies.- 1. Politics of Place at the Women’s School of Madrid: Experiences around Bodies and Territory; Juliana Flórez Flórez, Guisella Lara Veloza, Patricia Veloza Torres, Manuela Cardozo García and Claudia Espejo.- 2. Reclaiming the right to become Other-Women in Other-places: The Politics of Place of The Ecologist Women of La Huizachera Cooperative, Mexico; Daniela M. Gloss.- 3. Moments of Movements Intersection in India: Informing and Transforming Bodies in Movements; Manisha Desai.- 4. Contesting bodies in the constitutional debate over equal citizenship rights in Nepal; Kumud Rana.- 5. Embodying Change in Iran: Volunteering in Family Planning as a Practice of Justice; Marjan Radjavi.- 6. Neoliberal body politics: feminist resistance and the abortion law in Türkey; Cevahir Özgüler and Betul Yarar.- 7. Transgendered bodies as subjects of feminism: a conversation on the inclusion of transpersons in the Nicaraguan feminist movement; Silke Heumann, Ana V. Portocarrero and Camilo Antillón Najlis.- Section II Points of View on gender politics, rights and bodies in resistance.- 8.The Development Industry and the Co-optation of body politics; Wendy Harcourt.- 9. An Intergenerational trialogue around global body politics; Sara V. Coumans, Wendy Harcourt and Loes Keysers.- 10. Post-What? Some Reflections on global advocacy and its disconnects: The Cairo Legacy and the post-2015 agenda; Rishita Nandagiri.- 11.Where are the Men? Reflections on manhood, masculinities and gender justice; Jan Reynders.- 12. Body Politics, Human Rights and Public Policies in Brazil: A conversation with Jacqueline Pitanguy.- 13. Some Thoughts on new epistemologies in Latin American Feminisms; Virginia Vargas.- 14. Inquiring Bodies and Lines of Resistance: The Subject in Porn Research; Karen Gabriel.- 15. An American’s view of trans*emergence in Africa and feminist responses; Chloe Schwenke.-