Twenty-six original essays look at contemporary feminist organizations
Harvest of the New Women's Movement
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edited by Myra Marx Ferree and Patricia Yancey Martin
This collection of twenty-six original essays looks at contemporary feminist organizations, how they've survived, the effects of their work, the problems they face, the strategies they develop, and where the women's movement is headed. The contributors, leading feminist scholars from nine social science disciplines, examine a wide variety of local feminist organizations, past and preset, illuminating the struggles of feminist organizers and activists.
"The opening and closing sectionswhich deal, respectively, with our successes in challenging mainstream institutions and in expanding the scope of politics to include female concerns traditional considered personare filled with the analysis we've all been dying for.... All tease out the wins and losses, errors and victories, in a balanced way that will help future activists to build on what works, to avoid, what doesn't and to recognize the difference."
"There's been a resurgence of interest in feminist organizations, and the sociology of social movements is thriving. This volume's union of these two streams of thought is a natural one. It is a potential classic that will draw readers for the next decade."
"...twenty-five essays that vividly document the organizational creativeity of the women's movement of the past three decades."
Part I: Introduction
Part II: The Politics of Engagements: Challenging the Mainstream
Part III: Inside Feminist Organizations: Struggle, Learning, Change
Part IV: Emotions: A Hidden Dimension of Organizational Life
Part V: Social Movement Strategies Differences Between Organizations
Part VI: Expanding the Scope of the Political: An Inclusive Vision of Success
Part VII: Afterword
Myra Marx Ferree is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut.
Patricia Yancey Martin is Daisy Parker Flory Alumni Professor of Sociology at Florida State University.
Contributors: Joan Acker, Gretchen Arnold, Bernice McNair Barnett, Linda Christiansen-Ruffman, Hester Eisenstein, Amy Farrell, Jo Freeman, Joyce Gelb, Cheryl Hyde, Mary Fainsod katzenstein, Jane Mansbridge, Susan Marshall, Nancy Matthews, Sandra Morgen, Carol Mueller, Mary Pardo, Claire Reinelt, Ronee Schreiber, Wendy Simonds, Roberta Spalter-Roth, Suzanne Staggenborg, Margaret Strobel, Verta Taylor, Allison Tom, Nancy Whittier, 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.