Contesting Publics

Contesting Publics : Feminism, Activism, Ethnography

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Through ethnographic cases and activists' narratives, Contesting Publics analyses the challenges feminists face as they seek to engage with new spaces of participatory democracy in Latin America. Lynne Phillips and Sally Cole analyse how new silences, exclusions and re-inscriptions of inequalities have emerged alongside these new spaces of participation. The book re-examines the relationship between public and private and speaks to a larger theoretical question: what is the meaning of 'the public' within democracy projects? Contesting Publics considers current debates among feminists from different generations on the merits of a variety of strategies, goals and issues, drawing out vital lessons for students, researchers and activists in anthropology, gender studies and Latin American studies.
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  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 137.16 x 215.9 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745332846
  • 9780745332840

About Lynne Phillips

Lynne Phillips is Dean of Arts and Professor of Anthropology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is the editor of The Third Wave of Modernization in Latin America: Cultural Perspectives on Neoliberalism (1998). Sally Cole is Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal. She is the author of Ruth Landes: A Life in Anthropology (2003).
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This is a thought provoking volume that promises to appeal to students and scholars, and also to a broader public of activists and intellectuals. -- Florence E. Babb, Vada Allen Yeomans Professor of Women's Studies, Affiliate Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies, University of Florida Contesting Publics breathes new life into the public/private debate, showing how it remains crucial to thinking about the lives of women. -- Lindsay DuBois, Associate Professor, Sociology and Social Anthropology at Dalhousie University and author of The Politics of the Past in an Argentine Working-Class Neighbourhood (2005).
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Table of contents

Preface: Contesting Publics, by Sally Cole and Lynne Phillips 1:Towards an Ethnography of Publics, by Sally Cole and Lynne Phillips 2: Autoconstructed Feminist Publics: Household Matters in Northeast Brazil, by Sally Cole Activist Testimony: Mariza 3: Saving Women? Awkward Alliances in the Public Spaces of Sex Tourism, by Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan Activist Testimony: Susana and Luisa 4: Feminism and "Post-Neoliberal" Publics: Working the Spaces of Ecuador's Constitutional Reform, by Lynne Phillips Activist Testimony: Cecilia 5: Gossip as Direct Action, by Erica Lagalisse 6: A Pedagogical Conversation: Public Scholars and Public Scholarship, by Sally Cole, Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan, Erica Lagalisse and Lynne Phillips Notes References Index
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