Democratization and Women's Grassroots Movements

Democratization and Women’s Grassroots Movements

Edited by Jill M. Bystydzienski and Joti Sekhon
Distribution: World
Publication date: 5/1/1999
Format: paper 408 pages, 1 index
6.125 x 9.25
ISBN: 978-0-253-21279-5
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The book illustrates how community-based actions, programs, and organizations that allow women to determine their lives and participate in decision making contribute to the creation of a civil society and thus enhance democracy. The case studies show how participation in grassroots movements promotes women’s involvement in their organizations, communities, and in societal institutions, as it influences state policy and empowers women in personal relationships.

Author Bio

JILL M. BYSTYDZIENSKI is Director of Women's Studies and Professor of Sociology at Iowa State University. She is author of many articles and book chapters on women in politics and cross–cultural comparisons of women, as well as several books, including Women Transforming Politics: Worldwide Strategies for Empowerment and Women in Electoral Politics: Lessons from Norway.

JOTI SEKHON is Associate Professor of Sociology at Greensboro College, where she is also the coordinator of the International Studies Program. She is author of Modern India, a volume in the Comparative Societies series from McGraw-Hill.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction/ Jill M. Bystydzienski and Joti Sekhon
PART ONE: Asia
1. Grassroots Social Action and Empowerment in India: The Case of Action India Women’s Program/ Joti Sekhon
2. Re-Inheriting Women in Decolonizing Hong Kong/ Irene Lik Kay Tong
3. Democracy at the Margins: NGOs and Women’s “Unofficial” Political Participation in Singapore/ Meredith Weiss
PART TWO: Africa and The Middle East
4. Exchanging Participation for Promises: Mobilization of Women in Eritrea/ Susan Leisure
5. Democratization Through Adult Popular Education: A Reflection on the Resilience of Women from Kwa-Ndebele, South Africa/ Khanya Rajuili and Ione Burke
6. Muslim Women’s Grassroots Organizations in Syria: Self-Identity as a Form of Democratization/ Nimat Hafez Barazangi
7. Women’s Grassroots Movements and Democratization in Egypt/ Nawal Ammar and Leila S. Lababidy
PART THREE: Central America
8. Women and Grassroots Democracy in El Salvador: The Case of Comunidad Segundo Montes/ Elizabeth Cagan
9. Feminist Organizations and Grassroots Democracy in Honduras/ Charles McKelvey
PART FOUR: Eastern Europe
10. New Roads to Resistance and Participation: Polish Feminists in the Transition to Democracy/ Judy Root Aulette
11. From the Ground Up: Women’s Organizations and Democratization in Russia/ Jane F. Berthusen Gottlick
PART FIVE: Western Europe, North America and Australia
12. Building Democratic Bridges Over Belgian Political Bastions: The Work of The VOK—Women’s Consultation Committee/ Alison E. Woodward and Rita Mulier
13. Women’s Participation in Grassroots Initiatives in Ireland/ Christopher Dale
14. Sexual Assault and the Canadian State: Participatory Democracy Struggles Within a Liberal Democracy/ Alicja Muszynski
15. Empowerment and Disempowerment of Women in Central Appalachia, U.S.A./ Nelda K. Pearson
16. Women in Agriculture: Action for More Democratic Australian Farm Politics/ Ruth Liepins
Conclusion
About the Editors and Contributors