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Author Thayer, Millie

Title Making transnational feminism : rural women, NGO activists, and northern donors in Brazil / Millie Thayer
Published New York : Routledge, 2010
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 234 pages) : illustrations, maps
Series Perspectives on gender
Perspectives on gender (New York, N.Y.)
Contents BOOK COVER; TITLE; COPYRIGHT; CONTENTS; SERIES FOREWORD; PREFACE; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; 1 INTRODUCTION: Re-Reading Globalization from Northeast Brazil; 2 UNEASY ALLIES: The Making of a Transnational Feminist Counterpublic; 3 TRANSLATING FEMINISMS: From Embodied Women to Gendered Citizenship; 4 NEGOTIATING CLASS AND GENDER: Devalued Women in a Local Counterpublic; 5 THE LEVERAGE OF THE LOCAL: "Authentic" Rural Women in Global Counterpublics; 6 FEMINISTS AND FUNDING: Plays of Power in the Social Movement Market; 7 MOVEMENT OR MARKET?: Defending the Endangered Counterpublic
Summary "Making Transnational Feminism takes the 'ant's eye view' of global social movement relationships from the ground. Using ethnography, Thayer takes us inside transnational feminist alliances, viewing them from the local perspective of two women's movements in Northeast Brazil - one in the remote semi-arid interior and the other in Brazil's fourth largest city, Recife. She finds rural women and NGO feminists appropriating and translating global gender discourses, negotiating with each other over political resources, and strategizing to defend their autonomy from distant donors. In the process, she argues, the Brazilian organizations help to constitute a transnational feminist political space-a 'counterpublic, ' in which movements debate strategies, articulate new identities, and work to develop alternative social practices. Feminist alliances in this space are characterized by a precarious balance between solidarity and self-interest, collaboration and contention. At the turn of the twentieth century, as markets extended their reach into new regions and social sectors, they also threatened to reshape feminist relationships, undermining the very values on which they were founded. and pushing them toward competitive and instrumental behavior. Thayer shows us how feminist movements in Northeast Brazil struggled to sustain their alliances and to defend their endangered counterpublic against the long hand of the 'social movement market.'"--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-223) and index
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Subject Feminism -- Brazil, Northeast
Rural women -- Brazil, Northeast -- Social conditions
Rural women -- Social conditions.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Feminism & Feminist Theory.
Northeast Brazil.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0203869885