Women's Activism and Feminist Agency in Mozambique and Nicaragua

Women's Activism and Feminist Agency in Mozambique and Nicaragua

by Jennifer Leigh Disney

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In Women's Activism and Feminist Agency in Mozambique and Nicaragua, Jennifer Leigh Disney investigates the contours of women’s emancipation outside the framework of liberal democracy and a market economy. She interviews 146 women and men in the two countries to explore the comparative contribution of women’s participation in subsistence and informal economies, political parties and civil society organizations. She also discusses military struggles against colonialism and imperialism in fostering feminist agency to provide a fascinating look at how each movement evolved and how it changed in a post-revolutionary climate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592138302
Publisher: Temple University Press
Publication date: 09/28/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 306
File size: 930 KB

About the Author

Jennifer Leigh Disney is Associate Professor of Political Science at Winthrop University. She received the American Political Science Association Women and Politics Best Dissertation Award.

Table of Contents

List of Maps and Tables 
List of Acronyms 
1. "Women Must Occupy and Give Themselves the Place They Deserve" 
Women's Activism and Feminist Agency in Mozambique and Nicaragua 
2. "After Acknowledging Differences, We Must Also See What We Have in Common" 
Feminist Contestations and Commonalities across First World/Third World, African, and Latin American Divides 
3. "Doing a Revolution Doesn't Stop You from Being Machista" 
The Birth of Revolutionary Women's Organizations and the Limits of Marxism-Leninism in Mozambique and Nicaragua 
4. "Women are Not Cows—We Are Active Agents of History" 
Autonomy Struggles Emerge in Mozambique and Nicaragua 
5. "The Oppressed Woman Is Easier to Deal With" 
Political Participation, Legal Reforms, and Cultural Constraints in Mozambique and Nicaragua 
6. "I Can Do Anything a Man Can Do" 
Military Participation, Economic Production, and Women's Emancipation in Mozambique and Nicaragua 
7. "There Are No Alternatives: Is This Really Democracy?" 
Democratization and Civil Society in Mozambique and Nicaragua 
8. "Partners in the Home, at Work, and on the Street" 
The Contemporary Women's Movements and Emergent Feminisms in Mozambique and Nicaragua 

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