Political Worlds of Women

Activism, Advocacy, and Governance in the Twenty-First Century


Mary Hawkesworth

First Edition • February 1, 2012 • 448 pages


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Political Worlds of Women provides a comprehensive overview of women’s political activism, comparing formal and informal channels of power from official institutions of state to grassroots mobilizations and Internet campaigns. Illuminating the politics of identity enmeshed in local, national, and global gender orders, this book explores women’s creation of new political spaces and innovative political strategies to secure full citizenship and equal access to political power. Incorporating case studies from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas, Mary Hawkesworth analyzes critical issues such as immigration and citizenship, the politics of representation, sexual regulation, and gender mainstreaming in order to examine how women mobilize in this era of globalization. Political Worlds of Women deepens understandings of national and global citizenship and presents the formidable challenges facing racial and gender justice in the contemporary world. It is an essential resource for students and scholars of women’s studies and gender politics.

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Mary Hawkesworth is professor of political science and women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University. She is the author of numerous journal articles and published works, including Globalization and Feminist Activism and Feminist Inquiry; coauthor of Women, Democracy and Globalization in North America; and editor of many books, including War and Terror: Feminist Perspectives. She is also the editor of Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society.

1. Political Frames that Fit Women’s Lives
2. Women’s Worlds and Women’s Work: From Demography to Development
3. The Nation-State and the Production of Raced-Gendered Citizens
4. From the Politics of Identity to Identity Politics
5. Engaging the State
6. Becoming the State
7. Engendering Policymaking and Policy
8. International and Transnational Political Activism
9. Virtual Politics
10. Future Prospects for Equitable Politics

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“Mary Hawkesworth has given us an amazing gift: a truly global exploration of women activists’ thinking and strategizing that never slips into bland generalization. Political Worlds of Women shows us how densely rich and locally rooted feminist activist experience has been, from Nigeria to Pakistan, from the US to France. Here is a book we’ll all be assigning to our students for years to come.” —Cynthia Enloe, author of The Curious Feminist

“Broad in its scope, radical in its theory and careful in its scholarship, Political Worlds of Women offers a truly transformative synthesis of global gender politics. Hawkesworth’s integrative vision encompasses both the conventional institutional narratives of political science and the most challenging insights of transnational feminism. She brilliantly rethinks familiar concepts like identity politics and embodied citizenship, challenges the divisions among comparative politics, international relations, and theory, and provides a wealth of empirical detail about women’s raced-gendered realities around the world. This book offers insights to the seasoned feminist scholar no less than to students in their first course in gender and politics.” —Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Political Worlds of Women is new and refreshing; a clear departure from current gender and politics textbooks. Mary Hawkesworth combines cross-national and global transnational perspectives without getting mired down into focusing on a specific set of countries or regions. She takes an ‘intersectional’ approach showing how gender has been intertwined with race/ethnicity, sexuality, class in the unfolding of politics and democratic development throughout the globe. A perfect book to adopt for gender and politics courses in the 21st century!!” —Amy G. Mazur, Washington State University

Political Worlds of Women is a forceful and comprehensive account of the dynamic intersection of gender and race and the embodiment of power in contemporary global politics. It is a must read!” —Dr. Janine Brodie, University of Alberta

Political Worlds of Women deepens understandings of national and global citizenship and presents the formidable challenges facing racial and gender justice in the contemporary world. It is an essential resource for students and scholars of women’s studies and gender politics.” —SirReadaLot

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