Women and Revolution: Global Expressions (Hardback)Marie Josephine Diamond (author)
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Sabine Jell-Bahlsen, Ogbuide Films
Women and Revolution covers an enormous socio-historical space, four continents - Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America and quite a few countries within them. This huge field of human experience is looked at from the focal point which runs explicitly and implicitly through all nineteen chapters: the active if not revolutionary role women have played individually and collectively in various determining social situations, a role regularly suppressed by the coercive power of institutionalized domination. The impetus for this endeavor was the commemoration of the bicentennial of the French Revolution, an occasion to take an in-depth look at its less obvious agendas, through a focus on the activity of women, and on Olympe de Gouges in particular. But as Olympe de Gouges became acquainted with Mr. Guillotine, the considerable role of women became suppressed not only actually but as a kind of damnatio memoriae which the old Romans had already invented. As this work shows, there have been multiple forms and contents through which women have taken history into their own hands and have participated in emancipatory struggles throughout the world. They are at their best in their use of the resources of local village traditions, of dense social contexts, of mutual aid and in turning such grassroots resources into radical democratic struggles for the future. A fascinating and timely book!.
Wolf-Dieter Narr, Freie Universitat Berlin
The vital role played by women in struggles for social transformation has scarcely been appreciated, and with the sense of defeat that hangs over the revolutionary project, stands to be further forgotten. That is why the publication of Women and Revolution is both welcome and necessary on intellectual and scholarly grounds, but also because these are stories which have to be told if we are to resume the march toward a better world.
Joel Kovel, Bard College
Number of pages: 434
Weight: 1820 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 25 mm
Edition: 1998 ed.
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