Elisabeth Jay Friedman
Seeking Rights from the Left offers a unique comparative assessment of left-leaning Latin American governments by examining their engagement with feminist, women's, and LGBT movements and issues. Focusing on the “Pink Tide” in eight national cases—Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and Venezuela—the contributors evaluate how the Left addressed gender- and sexuality-based rights through the state. Most of these governments improved the basic conditions of poor women and their families. Many significantly advanced women's representation in national legislatures. Some legalized same-sex relationships and enabled their citizens to claim their own gender identity. They also opened opportunities for feminist and LGBT movements to press forward their demands. But at the same time, these governments have largely relied on heteropatriarchal relations of power, ignoring or rejecting the more challenging elements of a social agenda and engaging in strategic trade-offs among gender and sexual rights. Moreover, the comparative examination of such rights arenas reveals that the Left's more general political and economic projects have been profoundly, if at times unintentionally, informed by traditional understandings of gender and sexuality.
Contributors: Sonia E. Alvarez, María Constanza Diaz, Rachel Elfenbein, Elisabeth Jay Friedman, Niki Johnson, Victoria Keller, Edurne Larracoechea Bohigas, Amy Lind, Marlise Matos, Shawnna Mullenax, Ana Laura Rodríguez Gustá, Diego Sempol, Constanza Tabbush, Gwynn Thomas, Catalina Trebisacce, Annie Wilkinson
Joaquin Jay Gonzalez III and Mickey P. Mcgee
"The legalization of marijuana has spread rapidly throughout the U.S., from just a handful of states ten years ago to now more than half, as well as the nation's capital. This collection of essays explains the benefits and concerns, the policies and actions, and the future of this controversial issue"-- Provided by publisher
Jeffrey W. Paller
Rapid urbanization and political liberalization is changing the nature of African politics and societies. This book develops a framework for the study of democracy and development that emphasizes informal institutions and the politics of belonging in the context of daily life, in contrast to the formal and electoral paradigms that dominate the social sciences. Based on fifteen months of field research including ethnographic observation, focus group interviews, and original quantitative survey analysis in Ghana, this book intervenes in major debates about public goods provision, civic participation, ethnic politics and democratization, and the future of urban sustainability in a rapidly changing world. By developing new understandings of democracy, as well as providing novel explanations for good governance and development in poor urban neighborhoods, the book transcends the narrative of a failing and corrupt Africa and charts a new way forward for the study of democracy and development.
"This book analyzes the memoirs of 42 'missionary kids' - the children of North American Protestant missionaries in countries all over the world during the 20th century. It explores ways in which the missionary enterprise was part of the Western colonial enterprise, and ways in which a colonial mindset is unconsciously manifested in these memoirs"-- Provided by publisher
"Preeti Vangani is, as she freely admits, riffing on the African-American poet Amiri Baraka, who once claimed that poems were useless unless they could shoot, or provide us with daggers, or serve as our fists. Pepper spray and cries for change are more humane than fists and daggers, but Vangani's urgency is no less intense than Baraka's. Her poem constantly circle back to the condition of women, both in India and the world, and call for change. She honors her mother, whose struggle with cancer she documents in a number of her poems, but she yearns for a world larger than that which her mother was not permitted to inhabit. Her yearning takes the form of meditations on love and sex, on violence, fear, joy, and death. They are poems of feminist struggle--emphatically so. But it is because, not in spite, of this that they speak so directly and so powerfully to not only to women, and not only to Indians, but to that which is most human in all of us." -- Page 7