The Power of Women's Informal Networks

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

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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 Women's Informal Networks describes and evaluates social organization among poor women in South Asia and West Africa as attempts to challenge marginalization. The discerning editors and contributors explicitly consider the situated contexts within which women work together to improve their lives, with a primary focus on international women's agencies.show more

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  • Paperback | 154 pages
  • 149.9 x 223.5 x 15.2mm | 249.48g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0739108042
  • 9780739108048

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This exciting book goes beyond furthering our understanding of the complex inter-linkages between poor women's localized politics and transnational global processes. It is a major contribution toward connecting paradigm and praxis, thus challenging and expanding the boundaries of mainstream scholarship. -- Yakin Erturk, Middle East Technical University; UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women This volume breaks new ground in the study of women's social capital in the Global South through an exploration of informal networks among poor women in several South Asian and West African societies. Theoretically and empirically, this book transcends previous works in this field in its use of the intersectionality thesis by emphasizing such features as the impact of Islam and Hinduism on the experiences of poor women. In each case study, this work examines the distinctiveness of women's informal networks as illustrated in their family-kin relations, the world of work, and their relationships to politics and the state in regions of the world that are not typically compared, let alone included in the same volume. Further, this book also demonstrates how local, national, and global forces interact in structuring the poverty that women experience, particularly noting the growing importance of informal networks in periods of economic crisis and structural adjustment. Moreover, this is a balanced treatment ofwomen's informal networks that reveals both the positive and the negative consequences of various examples of social capital. Despite the poverty that these women experience, they are important change-agents in their societies and are empowered through t -- Mary Johnson Osirim, Bryn Mawr College The Power of Women's Informal Networks provides a much-needed look at the processes behind women's collective action for change. It makes clear that resistance as well as inequality has a local face, and counters the over-broad generalizations about 'women' and 'development' that appear in the literature. By focusing on specific sites in Africa and South Asia, the book takes an important step toward developing globally inclusive knowledge that is deeply grounded in particular local conditions and perspectives. -- Myra Marx Ferree, University of Wisconsin--Madison This volume breaks new ground in the study of women's social capital in the Global South through an exploration of informal networks among poor women in several South Asian and West African societies. Theoretically and empirically, this book transcends previous works in this field in its use of the intersectionality thesis by emphasizing such features as the impact of Islam and Hinduism on the experiences of poor women. In each case study, this work examines the distinctiveness of women's informal networks as illustrated in their family-kin relations, the world of work, and their relationships to politics and the state in regions of the world that are not typically compared, let alone included in the same volume. Further, this book also demonstrates how local, national, and global forces interact in structuring the poverty that women experience, particularly noting the growing importance of informal networks in periods of economic crisis and structural adjustment. Moreover, this is a balanced treatment of women's informal networks that reveals both the positive and the negative consequences of various examples of social capital. Despite the poverty that these women experience, they are important change-agents in their societies and are empowered through their informal networks. -- Mary Johnson Osirim, Bryn Mawr Collegeshow more

About Bandana Purkayastha

Bandana Purkayastha is assistant professor of sociology and Asian American studies at the University of Connecticut. Mangala Subramaniam is assistant professor of sociology and women's studies at Purdue University.show more

Table of contents

1 Introduction Chapter 2 Networking within Santal Society: Focus on Women Chapter 3 Women's Social Support Networks and Contraceptive Use in Mali Chapter 4 Women's Networks and Social Change in Bangladesh Chapter 5 Impacts of Changing Patterns of Women's Association Membership in Senegal Chapter 6 Using Informal Networks to Seek Formal Political Participation in Ghana Chapter 7 Women Weavers in Nepal: Between Global Market and Local Production Chapter 8 The Informal Collective as a Space for Participatory Planning: The Peri-Urban Interface in Hubli-Dharwad Twin City Area Chapter 9 Informal Networks, Gender, Changeshow more

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