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Rethinking the Political

Gender, Resistance, and the State

This collection of eighteen articles shows how conceptions of the political are expanded and revised when viewed through the lens of gender. Carefully organized to serve scholars and students across the social sciences, this book reexamines such basic notions as citizenship, collectivity, political resistance, and the state, drawing on examples with important historical and national variations.

Section One, "Gender, Citizenship, and Collectivity," includes Nancy Frazer and Linda Gordon’s critique of dependency and citizenship; Iris Young on women as a social collective; Ruth Bloch on the feminization of public virtue in revolutionary America; Trisha Franzen on feminism and lesbian community, and Sonia Kruks on de Beauvoir and contemporary feminism.

"Collective Action and Women’s Resistance," Section Two, features Louis Tilly’s "Paths of Proletarianization"; Temma Kaplan’s "Female Consciousness and Collective Action"; and five assessments of women’s collective action worldwide: Samira Haj on Palestine, Arlene McLeod on Egypt, Gay Seidman on South Africa, Nancy Sternbach et al. on Latin America, and Anne Walthall on Japan.

Concluding with a section on gender and the state, Rethinking the Political also features Bronwyn Winter on the law and cultural relativism; Sherene Razack on sexual violence; Wendy Luttrell on educational institutions; Patricia Stamp on ethnic conflict in postcolonial Kenya; Elizabeth Schmidt on patriarchy and capitalism in Zimbabwe; and Muriel Nazzari on the "woman question" in post-revolutionary Cuba.

512 pages | 6 x 9 | © 1995

Gender and Sexuality

Political Science: Political Behavior and Public Opinion

Women's Studies

Table of Contents

Feminists Rethink the Political
The Editors
The Gendered Meanings of Virtue in Revolutionary America
Ruth H. Bloch
A Genealogy of Dependency: Tracing a Keyword of the U.S. Welfare State
Nancy Fraser, Linda Gordon.
Differences and Identities: Feminism and the Albuquerque Lesbian Community
Trisha Franzen
Gender and Subjectivity: Simone de Beauvoir and Contemporary Feminism
Sonia Kruks
Gender as Seriality: Thinking about Women as a Social Collective
Iris Marion Young
Paths of Proletarianization: Organization of Production, Sexual Division of Labor, and Women’s Collective Action
Louise A. Tilly
Female Consciousness and Collective Action: The Case of Barcelona, 1910-1918
Palestinian Women and Patriarchal Relations
Samira Haj
Hegemonic Relations and Gender Resistance: The New Veiling as Accommodating Protest in Cairo
Arlene Elowe MacLeod
"No Freedom without the Women": Mobilization and Gender in South Africa, 1970-1992
Gay W. Seidman
Feminisms in Latin America: From Bogota to San Bernardo
Nancy Saporta Sternbach, Marysa Navarro-Aranguren, Patricia Chuchryk, Sonia E. Alvarez.
Devoted Wives/Unruly Women: Invisible Presence in the History of Japanese Social Protest
Anne Walthall
Women, the Law, and Cultural Relativism in France: The Case of Excision
Bronwyn Winter
Burying Otieno: The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity in Kenya
Patricia Stamp
Patriarchy, Capitalism, and the Colonial State in Zimbabwe
Elizabeth Schmidt
The "Woman Question" in Cuba: An Analysis of Material Constraints on Its Solution
Muriel Nazzari
"The Teachers, They All Had Their Pets": Concepts of Gender, Knowledge, and Power
Wendy Luttrell
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