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Women and the Politics of Place

Wendy Harcourt and Arturo Escobar, editors
Women and the Politics of Place
ISBN: 978-1-56549-208-0
ISBN: 978-1-56549-207-3
2005/288 pages/LC: 2005018016
A Kumarian Press Book
"A welcome and sophisticated tool for understanding the places of women in the ever-evolving spaces of contemporary global politics and culture."—Lynn Stephen, University of Oregon

"This wonderful book highlights problems and issues normally left in the dark. Its emphasis on our creative diversity leads to advocacy of a more vital, creative, and equal society."—Paul Streeten, Boston University

"Women and the Politics of Place shows women around the world turning globalization into opportunity—in ways that preserve as well as transform local communities. This is a book for activists who want to understand the intellectual context of their networks and for thinkers who want to get out of the abstract polarizations of much globalization debate."—Margaretta Jolly and Richard Jolly


The authors of Women and the Politics of Place analyze women's economic and social justice movements by challenging traditional views, bridging the gap between academic and activist knowledge with an original analysis of global feminist issues.


Wendy Harcourt is associate professor of rural development, environment, and population studies at Erasmus University. Arturo Escobar is professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • Bodies in Places, Places in Bodies—Y. Underhill-Sem.
  • The Body Politic in Global Development Discourse—W. Harcourt.
  • Transforming Passion, Politics, and Pain—in dialogue with Fatma Alloo.
  • The Politics of Place and Women's Rights in Pakistan—in dialogue with Khawar Mumtaz.
  • Women, Place, and Struggles Related to the Environment.
  • Political Landscapes and Ecologies of Zambrana-Chacuey—D. Rocheleau.
  • Domesticating the Neoliberal City: Invisible Genders and the Politics of Place—G.R. Wekerle.
  • Women and the Defense of Place in Colombian Black Movement Struggles—L. Gueso and L.A. Arroyo.
  • Women Displaced: Democracy, Development, and Identity in India—in dialogue with Smitu Kothari.
  • Building Community Economies: Women and the Politics of Place—J.K. Gibson-Graham.
  • Place-based Politics and the Meaning of Diverse Economies for Women and Young People in Rural Finland—L. Horelli.
  • Locating Women in the Alternative Globalization Movement—M. Osterweil.
  • Zapatista Women: Place-based Struggles and the Search for Autonomy—M. Belausteguigoitia.
  • Listening to Place-based Narratives of Palestinian Women—R. Farah.
  • Sex, Money, and Agency in Women's Migrations—L.M. Augustín.
  • Politics of Place in Multilevel Games: Are Arab Women Acting or Reacting?—L.A.M. al-Shejni.
  • The Politics of Place, the Place of Politics: Some Forward-looking Reflections—S.E. Alvarez.