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Gender and the Politics of Rights and Democracy in Latin America
 
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Gender and the Politics of Rights and Democracy in Latin America
 
 
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14 Dec 2001
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This volume addresses the question of why issues of rights and democracy have become so central to women's movements in post-transition Latin America. As important actors in the stuggle for democracy, women's movements moved from being an oppositional force to one forging new strategies to promote gender justice. The international attention focused on human rights in the 1990s, along with the recognition accorded to women's rights, provided a favourable opportunity for women's movements to advance ideas of inclusive citizenship and to broaden the meaning of rights. The nine country-based chapters assess critically the innovative strategies pursued by Latin American women's movements in their struggle to incorporate rights into the different domains of social and poltical life. Together they cover a range of countries and political contexts, analysing specific bodies of rights and campaigns for legal reform: these include rightrs of political representation, labour rights, reproductive rights, socioeconomic rights, rights and ethnicity, and rights to protection against domestic violence.


Description

This volume addresses the question of why issues of rights and democracy have become so central to women's movements in post-transition Latin America. As important actors in the stuggle for democracy, women's movements moved from being an oppositional force to one forging new strategies to promote gender justice. The international attention focused on human rights in the 1990s, along with the recognition accorded to women's rights, provided a favourable opportunity for women's movements to advance ideas of inclusive citizenship and to broaden the meaning of rights. The nine country-based chapters assess critically the innovative strategies pursued by Latin American women's movements in their struggle to incorporate rights into the different domains of social and poltical life. Together they cover a range of countries and political contexts, analysing specific bodies of rights and campaigns for legal reform: these include rightrs of political representation, labour rights, reproductive rights, socioeconomic rights, rights and ethnicity, and rights to protection against domestic violence.


Reviews

'This is a well-integrated set of case studies with a useful and informative introduction by the editors.' - Cathy A. Rakowski, Latin American Research Review


Contents

List of Tables
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
The Local, the Regional and the Global: Transforming the Politics of Rights; M.Molyneux & N.Craske
Engendering the Right to Participate in Decision-making: Electoral Quotas and Women's Leadership in Latin America; M.N.Htun & M.P.Jones
Getting Rights for those without Representation: The Success of Conjunctural Coalition-building in Venezuela; E.J.Friedman
Taking the Law into their Own Hands: Women, Legal Reform and Legal Literary in Brazil; F.Macaulay
In Pursuit of the Right to be Free from Violence: The Women's Movements and State Accountability in Uruguay; N.Johnson
Constructing Citizenship in the Poblaciónes of Santiago, Chile: The Role of Reproductive and Sexual Rights; C.Willmott
Indigenous Women, Rights and the Nation-State in the Andes; S.A.Radcliffe
Economic and Social Rights: Exploring Gender Differences in a Central American Context; J.Gideon
The Struggle by Latin America Feminists for Rights and Autonomy; V.Vargas
Index


Authors

NIKKI CRASKE is Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Liverpool, where she teaches Latin American politics. She has written extensively on Mexican politics and is author of Women and Politics in Latin America.

MAXINE MOLYNEUX is a professor of Sociology and the director of the Institute of the Americas at University College London (www.ucl.ac.uk/americas). Her publications include Women's Movements in International Perspective: Latin America and Beyond; Gender Justice, Development and Rights (ed. with S. Razavi); The Politics of Rights: Dilemmas for Feminist Praxis (ed. with Andrea Corwall); Gender and the Politics of Rights and Democracy in Latin America (ed. with N. Craske); and The Hidden Histories of Gender and the State in Latin America (ed. with E. Dore).