Scholars of social movements tend to overlook the achievements and political significance of women’s movements. Through theoretical discussions and empirical examples, Solidarities Beyond Borders demonstrates the creativity and dynamism of transnational women’s movements around the world.
These timely case studies from North America, Latin America, and Southeast Asia introduce feminists, activists, and scholars to the benefits and challenges of building relationships, dialogues, and perspectives that extend beyond the boundaries of nation-states and disciplines. Part 1 opens a dialogue between feminist theorists and scholars of social movements in other disciplines – geographers, anthropologists, sociologists, and political scientists. Part 2 explores how the mutual recognition of interests and identities among feminist activists and women’s organizations can deepen solidarities. Part 3 focuses on the challenges that feminists and women’s groups will face as they build solidarities beyond borders but argues that these links can be extended to embrace other progressive movements and their goals.
Solidarities Beyond Borders not only brings to light the opportunities and challenges that globalization poses for transnationalizing women’s movements, it also offers important strategic, conceptual, and methodological lessons for all social movements.
This collection will be of interest to feminists, social activists, and students and scholars of politics and women and gender issues in multiple disciplines.
Solidarities beyond Borders covers enormously important ground. As feminist movements become increasingly invisible in the North American context, readers everywhere need to know more about the dynamism of women’s movements in much of the world. This is not a “specialist” book, but will be useful to students in a wide range of disciplines, as well as to social activists.
Solidarities beyond Borders will be a key reference for students and scholars – for the combination of the feminist international relations literature with the social movement literature, for the usefulness of the case studies and for the discussions about what constitutes transnationalism.
Pascale Dufour is an associate professor of political science at the University of Montreal. Dominique Masson is an associate professor at the Institute of Women’s Studies and in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Ottawa. Dominique Caouette is an associate professor of political science at the University of Montreal.
Contributors: Elsa Beaulieu, Janet Conway, Carmen Díaz Alba, Sylvia Estrada-Claudio, Débora Lopreite, Lenore Lyons, and Diane Matte
Preface / Diane Matte
Introduction / Pascale Dufour, Dominique Masson, and Dominique Caouette
Part 1: Understanding Complex Transnationalization
1 Transnationalizing Feminist and Women’s Movements: Toward a Scalar Approach / Dominique Masson
2 Theorizing Feminist and Social Movement Practice in Space / Elsa Beaulieu
Part 2: Deepening Solidarities among Women and Women’s Issues
3 Framing Transnational Feminism: Examining Migrant Worker Organizing in Singapore / Lenore Lyons
4 The International Women and Health Meetings: Deploying Multiple Identities for Political Sustainability / Sylvia Estrada-Claudio
5 Transnational Activism and the Argentine Women’s Movement: Challenging the Gender Regime? / Débora Lopreite
Part 3: Stretching the Scope of Solidarities
6 Troubling Transnational Feminism(s) at the World Social Forum / Janet Conway
7 Bringing Feminist Perspectives to Transnational Collective Action in Southeast Asia / Dominique Caouette
8 Building Transnational Feminist Solidarity in the Americas: The Experience of the Latin American Network of Women Transforming the Economy / Carmen L. Díaz Alba
Conclusion / Dominique Masson and Pascale Dufour
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