Women's Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship

Women's Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship

Women's Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship

Women's Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean: Engendering Social Justice, Democratizing Citizenship

Synopsis

Women's Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean brings together a group of interdisciplinary scholars who analyze and document the diversity, vibrancy, and effectiveness of women's experiences and organizing in Latin America and the Caribbean during the past four decades. Most of the expressions of collective agency are analyzed in this book within the context of the neoliberal model of globalization that has seriously affected most Latin American and Caribbean women's lives in multiple ways. Contributors explore the emergence of the area's feminist movement, dictatorships of the 1970s, the Central American uprisings, the urban, grassroots organizing for better living conditions, and finally, the turn toward public policy and formal political involvement and the alternative globalization movement. Geared toward bridging cultural realities, this volume represents women's transformations, challenges, and hopes, while considering the analytical tools needed to dissect the realities, understand the alternatives, and promote gender democracy.

Excerpt

Sonia E. Alvarez

This exceptional collection is the fruit of the very processes it analyzes: the growth and vitality of Latin American and Caribbean feminist organizing and scholarship over the course of the past four decades and the concomitant configuration of vibrant, multifaceted feminist academic and activist fields spanning the Americas and beyond. While privileging the voices of feminists from South and Central America in translation, this book is the product of ongoing transnational, transdisciplinary conversations among feminists working to bridge North and South, politics and culture, the academy and the movement. Indeed, Women’s Activism in Latin America and the Caribbean grows out of the always lively and productive debates enacted in an arena that has done much to facilitate transnational processes of feminist translation across the Americas: the Gender and Feminist Studies Section of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), a space that has fostered a diverse and expansive network of scholars and activist-intellectuals engaged in sustained dialogue across geopolitical, disciplinary and other borders.

This first truly comprehensive anthology on Latin American women’s movements and politics features essays by consecrated founding mothers of the field and newer voices alike. Taken together, they offer a richly detailed and analytically discerning overview of feminist cultural and political interventions in the Latin American and Caribbean region. Unprecedented in breadth and depth, the collection provides a vivid, multidimensional picture of the heterogeneous arenas, actions, and actors found today among the wide-ranging expressions of feminist and women’s movement organizing across the region, while affording unparalleled insight into trends in evidence in a number of countries. the editors’ incisive introductory essays and those in the opening section on globalization, women’s work, and female-headed households, moreover, offer an overview of the complex socioeconomic, political, and cultural context in which women’s struggles for citizenship and social justice have unfolded over the past four decades.

Perhaps the most noteworthy of the region-wide trends documented in the chapters that follow is the pronounced visibility and expressive expansion of what the editors and contributors variously refer to as third-wave feminism, complexidentity feminisms, or the feminism of shifting identities. the very women whom the hegemonic feminism of the so-called second wave viewed as “others”—poor and working-class women, Afro-descendant and indigenous women, and lesbians— have translated and radically transformed some of its core tenets and fashioned other feminisms, “feminismos con apellidos” (Ríos et al. 2003) that are deeply . . .

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