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Feminist Organizations: Harvest of the New Women's Movement (Women in the Political Economy)


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This collection of twenty-six original essays looks at contemporary feminist organizations, how they've survived, the effects of their work, the problems they face, the strategies they develop, and where the women's movement is headed. The contributors, leading feminist scholars from nine social science disciplines, examine a wide variety of local feminist organizations, past and preset, illuminating the struggles of feminist organizers and activists.

In the series Women in the Political Economy, edited by Ronnie J. Steinberg.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 411-448) and index.

About the Author

Myra Marx Ferree is Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the University of Connecticut.

Table of Contents


Part I: Introduction

1. Doing the Work of the Movement: Feminist Organizations – Myra Marx Ferree and Patricia Yancey Martin

Part II: The Politics of Engagements: Challenging the Mainstream

2. What Is the Feminist Movement? – Jane Mansbridge

3. Discursive Politics and Feminist Activism in the Catholic Church – Mary Fainsod Katzenstein

4. "Like a Tarantula on a Banana Boat": Ms. Magazine, 1972-1989 – Amy Farrell

5. The Australian Femocratic Experiment: A Feminist Case for Bureaucracy – Hester Eisenstein

6. Moving onto the Terrain of the State: The Battered Women's Movement and the Politics of Engagement – Claire Reinelt

7. Outsider Issues and Insider Tactics: Strategic Tensions in the Women's Policy Network during the 1980s – Roberta Spalter-Roth and Ronnee Schreiber

8. Feminist Organization Success and the Politics of Engagement – Joyce Gelb

Part III: Inside Feminist Organizations: Struggle, Learning, Change

9. Feminist Goals and Organizing Processes – Joan Acker

10. Organizational Learning in the Chicago Women's Liberation Union – Margaret Strobel

11. Children of Our Culture? Class, Power, and Learning in a Feminist Bank – Allison Tom

12. Turning It Over: Personnel Change in the Columbus, Ohio, Women's Movement, 1969-1984 – Nancy Whittier

13. Black Women's Collectivist Movement Organizations – Their Struggles during the "Doldrums" – Bernice McNair Barnett

Part IV: Emotions: A Hidden Dimension of Organizational Life

14. Watching for Vibes: Bringing Emotions into the Study of Feminist Organizations – Verta Taylor

15. "It Was the Best of Times, It Was the Worst of Times": Emotional Discourse in the Work Cultures of Feminist Health Clinics – Sandra Morgen

16. Feminism on the Job: Confronting Opposition in Abortion Work – Wendy Simonds

Part V: Social Movement Strategies – Differences Between Organizations

17. The Organizational Basis of Conflict in Contemporary Feminism – Carol Mueller

18. Dilemmas of Feminist Coalitions: Collective Identity and Strategic Effectiveness in the Battered Women's Movement – Gretchen Arnold

19. Feminist Clashes with the State: Tactical Choices by State-Funded Rape Crisis Centers – Nancy Matthews

20. Feminist Social Movement Organizations Survive the New Right – Cheryl Hyde

21. Confrontation and Co-optation in Antifeminist Organizations – Susan Marshall

Part VI: Expanding the Scope of the Political: An Inclusive Vision of Success

22. Can Feminist Organizations Be Effective? – Suzanne Staggenborg

23. Doing It for the Kids: Mexican American Community Activists, Border Feminists? – Mary Pardo

24. Women's Conceptions of the Political: Three Canadian Women's Organizations – Linda Christiansen-Ruffman

Part VII: Afterword

25. From Seed to Harvest: Transformations of Feminist Organizations and Scholarship – Jo Freeman


About the Contributors


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Harvest of the New Women's Movement
Ferree, Myra M.
Ferree, Myra M.
Martin, Patricia Y.
Ferree, Myra
Ferree, Myra M.
Martin, Patricia Y.
Temple University Press
Philadelphia :
Government and political science
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Women -- United States -- Societies and clubs.
Feminism -- United States -- Societies, etc.
Women's Studies
Feminist Studies-General
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Women in the Political Economy (Paperback)
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