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The Power of Womens Informal Networks: Lessons in Social Change from South Asia and West Africa Purkayastha Bandana

The Power of Womens Informal Networks: Lessons in Social Change from South Asia and West Africa

Purkayastha Bandana

Published January 1st 2004
ISBN : 9780739106174
Hardcover
152 pages
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In contemporary discussions of gender relations around the world, a gap often exists between theory which overemphasizes generalized units such as international or developing and the complex ways that global and local forces interact to structureMoreIn contemporary discussions of gender relations around the world, a gap often exists between theory which overemphasizes generalized units such as international or developing and the complex ways that global and local forces interact to structure women s lives in specific countries and regions. Analyses of movement dynamics on the global level contribute to our understanding of womens activism across borders but do not highlight localized politics spearheaded by poor women. Too often, editors Bandana Purkayastha and Mangala Subramaniam have found, marginalized groups in rural or impoverished areas are overlooked by the international economy of knowledge. The Power of Womens Informal Networks describes and evaluates social organization among poor women in South Asia and West Africa. The contributors to this important new collection of essays draw our attention to these small-scale but politically and socially significant networks as they focus on both agency and the situated contexts within which women work together to improve their lives.