Women's Activism and Globalization: Linking Local Struggles and Transnational Politics

Women's Activism and Globalization: Linking Local Struggles and Transnational Politics

Women's Activism and Globalization: Linking Local Struggles and Transnational Politics

Women's Activism and Globalization: Linking Local Struggles and Transnational Politics

Synopsis

A broad and comprehensive collection that shows how women activists across the globe are responding to the forces of the 'new world order' in their communities. The first-person accounts and regional case studies provide a truly global view of women working in their communities for change. The essays examine women in urban, rural, and suburban locations around the world to provide a rich understanding of the common themes as well as significant divergences among women activists in different parts of the world.

Excerpt

This collection is a result of collaboration among many scholars interested in documenting the diverse ways women in different parts of the world creatively and heroically face the challenges posed by the global economic and political changes associated with “globalization.” We include case studies of community-based, cross-national, regional, and transnational organizing to highlight the multiple sites in which women confront the oppressive features of the global expansion of capitalism and the neoliberal policies that support it. in choosing the chapters, we were primarily interested in identifying cases that demonstrate the intersection of the local, regional, and global dimensions of restructuring and resistance strategies. We take as our starting point the fact that globalization is a result of particular actions taken by identifiable actors, and that it lands in particular places. Rather than view globalization as something that occurs “out there” and that is therefore distant from the everyday lives and activities of particular actors, we seek to demonstrate how global economic and political change are manifest in the daily lives and struggles of women and other members of communities in different parts of the world in ways that are often hidden from view in analyses of globalization that start from the perspective of multinational corporations, transnational organizations, and international political institutions.

Our goal in this collection is to render visible the limits and possibilities of women’s organizing in the context of globalization. Women in communities all around the world are fighting the negative effects of globalization and are using the transnational political stage to press for social, economic, environmental, and political justice. This collection documents effective organizing efforts in all of these realms. It also highlights the dilemmas of feminist praxis in the context of globalization. in this regard, it builds on coeditor Nancy Naples’s collection Community Activism and Feminist Politics: Organizing across Race, Class, and Gender (1998), which emphasized women’s community-based organizing in the United States with particular concern for cross-class and cross-race coalition-building efforts. This new collection is designed to reach beyond a specific national border and demonstrate how most local organizing campaigns are, in many ways, responses to broader social, economic, and political changes.

Space constraints prohibit us from including all of the case studies we have identified in the course of putting this book together. We would like to thank those authors who worked with us over the past two years, including those whose work we could not incorporate here. Our thanks also go out to University of California,

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