Democratization and Women's Grassroots Movements

By: Jill M. Bystydzienski and Joti Sekhon (eds)

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The Fall of communist regimes in Eastern Europe and of dictatorships in Latin America brought new attention to democratic movements worldwide. Most interest focused on national activities, electoral politics and the expansion of capitalist markets, and though much has been written about social movements, the connections between women’s grassroots organizations and democratization have been neglected. This book explores how these movements contribute to the expansion of public and private spaces and democratic processes. The sixteen case studies highlight women’s grassroots movements in India, Hong Kong, Singapore, Eritrea, South Africa, Syria, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Poland, Russia, Belgium, Ireland, Canada, the United States (Appalachia), and Australia. They reveal the connections between local political and social action and the growth of democratic processes at state, regional and global levels. The book illustrates how community-based actions, programmes and organizaions that empower women contribute to the creation of a civil society and thus enhance democracy. Contents Acknowledgements Introduction Part I: Asia 1. Grassroots social action and empowerment in India: the case of action India Women’s program 2. Re-inheriting women in decolonizing Hong Kong 3. Democracy at the margins: NGOs and women’s "Unofficial" political participation in Singapore Part II: Africa and the Middle East 4. Exchanging participation for promises: mobilization of women in Eritrea 5. Democratization through adult popular education: a reflection on the resilience of women from Kwa-Ndebele, South Africa 6. Self-identity as a form of democratization: the Syrian experience 7. Women’s grassroots movements and democratization in Egypt Part III: Central America 8. Women and grassroots democracy in EI Salvador: the case of Comunidad Segundo Montes 9. Feminist organizations and grassroots democracy in Honduras Part IV: Eastern Europe 10. New roads to resistance: polish feminists in the transition to democracy 11. From the ground up : women’s organizations and democratization in Russia Part V: Western Europe, North America, and Australia 12. Building democratic bridges over Belgian political Bastions: the work of the VOK—women’s consultation committee 13. Women’s participation in grassroots initiatives in Ireland 14. Sexual assault and the Canadian state: participatory: democracy struggles within a liberal democracy 15. Empowerment and disempowerment of women in Central Appalachia, U.S.A. 16. Women in agriculture: action for more democratic Australian farm politics Conclusion About the Editors and Contributors. Printed Pages: 450.

Title: Democratization and Women's Grassroots Movements

Author Name: Jill M. Bystydzienski and Joti Sekhon (eds)

Categories: Women's Studies, India,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, India, Zubaan:

ISBN: 8186706542

ISBN 13: 9788186706541

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

Jacket Condition: New

Seller ID: 027118

Keywords: Democratization India Women Studies