Despite a late and fitful start, democracy in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe has recently shown promising growth. Kathleen M. Fallon discusses the role of women and women's advocacy groups in furthering the democratic transformation of formerly autocratic states.
Using Ghana as a case study, Fallon examines the specific processes women are using to bring about political change. She assesses information gathered from interviews and surveys conducted in Ghana and assays the existing literature to provide a focused look at how women have become involved in the democratization of sub-Saharan nations.
In demonstrating how women's activism is evolving with and shaping democratization across the region, Democracy and the Rise of Women's Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa reveals how women's social movements are challenging the barriers created by colonization and dictatorships.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Kathleen M. Fallon is an associate professor of sociology at McGill University.
Table of Contents
List of Acronyms ix
1 Reclaiming Power 1
2 Queenmothers, Colonization, and the Struggle for Legitimacy 17
3 Democracy in Perspective 35
4 The Iron Fist 56
5 Capturing Democracy 75
6 Big Men, Small Girls, and the Politics of Power 95
7 Women on the Move 113
Appendix A Methods 127
Appendix B Survey Data 134
What People are Saying About This
A well written, important contribution to the growing literature on women, gender, and democracy, as well as to African studies.
Valentine M. Moghadam, author of Globalizing Women