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Crazy for Democracy: Women in Grassroots Movements

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en Limba Engleză Paperback – December 1996
Crazy for Democracy vividly shows, through the lives of six women in the United States and South Africa, just what can be and is being accomplished to change our lives.

At a time when we're depressed about democracy, pessimistic about race relations, and anxious about feminism, Crazy for Democracy vividly shows, through the lives of six women in the United States and South Africa, just what can be and is being accomplished to change our lives. In building real social movements to achieve a safe environment, win human rights, and safeguard their homes, these grassroots feminist leaders have been creating democratic institutions to achieve social justice for us all.
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ISBN-13: 9780415916639
ISBN-10: 0415916631
Pagini: 256
Dimensiuni: 152 x 228 x 14 mm
Greutate: 0.32 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Routledge

Cuprins

1. Introduction: Women Prophets and the Struggle for Human Rights
2. Suburban Blight and Situation Comedy
3. "When it Rains, I get Mad and Scared": Women and Environmental Racisms
4. Homemaker Citizens and New Democratic Organizations
5. Generation X, Southern Style
6. "We Sleep on Our Own Graves": Women at Crossroads
7. Surplus People and Grassroots Women's Leadership in the New South Africa
8. Conclusion: Social Movements and Democratic Practices

Notă biografică

Temma Kaplan is Professor of History and Women's Studies at SUNY, Stonybrook. She is an activist, critic, and author of Anarchists of Andalusia, 1868 to 1903 and Red City, Blue Period: Social Movements in Picasso's Barcelona.

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By weaving the personal testimonies of six women activists from the United States and South Africa with newspaper accounts, government reports, feminist theory, and social philosophy, Crazy for Democracy shows that women's movements have been transforming the possibilities for democracy all over the world. In community-based social movements, women are reviving civil society by making claims to a better world for all of us. To save their neighborhoods and resist callous and oppressive governments, women have formed local citizens' organizations, demanding satisfaction of basic human needs for housing, a clean environment, and human rights as part of democracy. By bringing these women to life, Temma Kaplan affirms that activism is alive, well, and growing despite what critics may believe.