Fills a gap in feminist scholarship by focusing on womenís movements and the different opportunities their political environments provide
The Women's Movements of the United States and Western Europe
Consciousness, Political Opportunity, and Public Policy
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edited by Mary Fainsod Katzenstein and Carol McClurg Mueller
Although many of the social movements born in the 1960s and 1970s have expired, the feminist movement is one of the few survivors. Yet the relative infrequence of protests, demonstrations, and marches, the dissolution of the earlier consciousness-raising groups and the more audible self-criticism within the movement has signaled to some movement-watchers that contemporary feminism has spent its force. Obviously, there is a need to gauge exactly where the womenís movement stands today. This book seeks to fill a gap in feminist scholarship by focusing on the womenís movements and the different opportunities their political environments provide. Offering comparisons of the feminist movements in seven countries, the essays seek to assess the power and potential of the feminist movement in Western Europe and the United States.
"The collection includes a variety of approaches and methods for examining the problems proposed by the editors, including descriptions of policymaking processes, elite interviewing, and opinion surveys. The various papers are all well-conceived.... A rare common perspective, or consciousness, [is] shared by the authors and indicates careful preparation by the editors."
Part I: Changing Consciousness
Part II: Political Parties and the Structure of Opportunity
Part III: The State and Feminist Policy Outcomes
About the Contributors
Mary Fainsod Katzenstein is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University.
Carol McClurg Mueller is Associate Professor of Sociology at Arizona State University, West.
Contributors: Karen Beckwith, Marien Briet, Anne N. Costain, W. Douglas Costain, Janet A. Flammang, Jo Freeman, Joyce Gelb, Judith Adler Hellman, Stephen Hellman, Jane Jenson, Bert Klandermans, Ethel Klein, Fredrike Kroon, Myra MarxFerree, Mary Ruggie, and the editors.
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Women in the Political Economy, edited by Ronnie J. Steinberg.
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Women in the Political Economy, edited by Ronnie J. Steinberg, includes books on women and issues of work, family, social movements, politics, feminism, and empowerment. It emphasizes women's roles in society and the social construction of gender and also explores current policy issues like comparable worth, international development, job training, and parental leave.