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Manisha Desai

In: Handbook of Gender and Women's Studies

Chapter 26: From Autonomy to Solidarities: Transnational Feminist Political Strategies

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From Autonomy to Solidarities: Transnational Feminist Political Strategies
From autonomy to solidarities: Transnational feminist political strategies

In this chapter I use a transnational perspective to examine feminist political strategies used by women around the world in the past fifty years. I do so by focusing on three arenas: (1) the redefinition of politics: what constitutes politics and political issues, the nature of political activism, and the changing political discourses from feminism to human rights; (2) the nature of feminist politics: its autonomy vis-à-vis the state, political parties, and other social movements;and (3) the sites of political activism from the personal to the familial, local, national, and transnational. In each arena, I highlight the historical and diverse nature of the debates, the transnational flows of feminist politics, ...

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