Tales from the Trenches: Politics and Practice in Feminist Service Organizations (Hardback)
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Tales from the Trenches: Politics and Practice in Feminist Service Organizations (Hardback)

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Hardback 238 Pages / Published: 18/08/2004
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Tales from the Trenches: Politics and Practice in Feminist Service Organizations examines the political visions and experiences of women who created five feminist service organizations in the 1970s. These organizations included a shelter for battered women, a rape crisis center, a rape-prevention ride service, a residential facility for female offenders, and a statewide organization for chemically dependent women. Based primarily on interviews with 57 founders, staff, volunteers, and/or board members, the book traces into the mid-1980s how women translated their understandings of radical feminist ideology into goals, social change strategies, services, and organizational structures.

Publisher: University Press of America
ISBN: 9780761827726
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 237 x 164 x 24 mm


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While a compelling historical document, the book provides an even more important resource for contemporary feminist activists seeking to narrow the divide between feminist theory and practice. Summing Up: RECOMMENDED. All levels/libraries. -- L.M. Costa, Hollins University * CHOICE *
[Kravetz] provides us with an in-depth perspective on the persevering efforts of dedicated, feminist oriented, community activists who initiated and succeeded in changing not only social services for women, but also our knowledge and understanding of the social problems affecting women's lives...their application of feminist values and goals to social work practice and social change has resulted in healing and recovery not only for women, but also for many children, families, and communities. Diane Kravetz helps make that immutable truth abundantly clear. -- Bette Speziale Ph.D * Journal Of Community Practice *
Drawing on a wide range of data collection, questionnaires, and intense interviews with key participants in the founding of these organizations, community contacts, and professionals outside the organizations who worked closely with the organizations, Kravetz's volume works to ensure that the role of 1970s radical feminists and the tenets of radical feminism that influenced the goals, services, and structure of different kinds of service organizations are remembered and celebrated. Kravetz's Tales from the Trenches includes a thought-provoking chapter, 'Building a Sisterhood Based on Difference,' that clearly identifies the 1970s commitment to diversity: 'Being inclusive was an expectation they held of themselves as feminists. To successfully work on behalf of women as a group required that members represent women in their diversities and address significant differences among women.' (p.88) In discussing the lack of success in building multiracial movements, Kravetz concludes that the 1970s feminist organizations she studied were more effective in handling homophobia than racism, and that lesbians were better represented in the women's movements than were women of color. Because this chapter examines a number of reasons why 1970s women's organiza -- Nancy Worcester, University of Wisconsin * Feminist Collections: A Quarterly Of Women's Studies Resources *
Drawing on a wide range of data collection, questionnaires, and intense interviews with key participants in the founding of these organizations, community contacts, and professionals outside the organizations who worked closely with the organizations, Kravetz's volume works to ensure that the role of 1970s radical feminists and the tenets of radical feminism that influenced the goals, services, and structure of different kinds of service organizations are remembered and celebrated. Kravetz's Tales from the Trenches includes a thought-provoking chapter, 'Building a Sisterhood Based on Difference,' that clearly identifies the 1970s commitment to diversity: 'Being inclusive was an expectation they held of themselves as feminists. To successfully work on behalf of women as a group required that members represent women in their diversities and address significant differences among women.' (p.88) In discussing the lack of success in building multiracial movements, Kravetz concludes that the 1970s feminist organizations she studied were more effective in handling homophobia than racism, and that lesbians were better represented in the women's movements than were women of color. Because this chapter examines a number of reasons why 1970s women's organizations were not successful in building more inclusive movements, this historical analysis raises important questions for today. In an era when 'the increasingly pervasive backlash against feminism has effectively erased the public's understanding of the conditions of women's lives prior to feminist change efforts' and 'too many women are surprised to learn that activism of radical feminists provided the roots for many of the attitudes, opportunities, and services they take for granted' (p. viii),Tales from the Trenches is especially important. The book's use of well-chosen, articulate, politically thoughtful, passionate quotes by 1970s activists can show students how 1970s feminism built the foundation for the work they are trying to do today. The co -- Nancy Worcester, University of Wisconsin * Feminist Collections: A Quarterly Of Women's Studies Resources *

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