Working Alliances and the Politics of Difference

Working Alliances and the Politics of Difference

Diversity and Feminist Ethics
Janet R. Jakobsen
Distribution: World
Publication date: 4/1/1998
ISBN: 978-0-253-11495-2
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Janet Jakobsen suggests that questions of agency and alliance have proven so difficult for feminist and other progressive social movements because the contemporary politics of difference(s) or diversity fails to adequately articulate complexity. Chapters are organized around case studies of how alliances work and do not work at particular moments in the history of social movements, from the conjunction of movements around the politics of race and gender in the 19th-century abolition and feminist movements to the alliances and oppositions which produced the religious right in the 1990s and the possibilities for feminist and queer resistances to that movement.

Author Bio

Janet R. Jakobsen is Assistant Professor of Women’s Studies and Religious Studies, and founding Coordinator of the Committee for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Studies at the University of Arizona. She has worked as a policy analyst, lobbyist, and organizer in Washington, D.C. Her essays have appeared in such journals as Hypatia, the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and the Journal of Religious Ethics.

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