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Democracy and the Rise of Women's Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa Hardcover – July 2, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0801890086 ISBN-10: 080189008X

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A groundbreaking chronicle... Highly recommended for both public and college library collections.

(Midwest Book Review)

Fallon’s work presents an insightful distillation of a large and important set of events and issues. I am impressed with the stages she proposes as critical turning points in the evolution of the women’s movement in Sub-Saharan Africa and specific evidence she provides to describe those periods and their transitions.

(Contemporary Sociology)

All scholars of social movements and comparative politics, and in particular by specialists in African studies and gender and politics, should read Fallon’s book. It is a model of the power of a well-grounded case study that pushes scholarship toward broader implications.

(International Studies Review)

Fallon makes an important contribution to understanding democratization and the experiences of sub-Saharan African women’s movements. This work will undoubtedly spur discussion among scholars of women and democratization, and future comparative studies of women’s mobilization in sub-Saharan Africa will build on this solid foundation.

(Julie Kaye Canadian Journal of Sociology)

Democracy and the Rise of Women’s Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa deepens our understanding of the African women’s activism that coincided with democratization across the continent in the 1990s and 2000s.

(Gretchen Bauer African Studies Review)

An important contribution to the literature [that] should be included in college and university libraries.

(Choice)

A well written, important contribution to the growing literature on women, gender, and democracy, as well as to African studies.

(Valentine M. Moghadam, author of Globalizing Women)

An engaging and thought-provoking read and a welcome contribution to our thinking about women's emerging political roles and opportunities.

(Andrea Brown Journal of Modern African Studies)

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Despite a late and fitful start, democracy in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern Europe has recently shown promising growth. Kathleen M. Fallon discusses the role of women and women's advocacy groups in furthering the democratic transformation of formerly autocratic states.

Using Ghana as a case study, Fallon examines the specific processes women are using to bring about political change. She assesses information gathered from interviews and surveys conducted in Ghana and assays the existing literature to provide a focused look at how women have become involved in the democratization of sub-Saharan nations.

In demonstrating how women’s activism is evolving with and shaping democratization across the region, Democracy and the Rise of Women’s Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa reveals how women’s social movements are challenging the barriers created by colonization and dictatorships."All scholars of social movements and comparative politics, and in particular specialists in African studies and gender and politics, should read Fallon’s book. It is a model of the power of a well-grounded case study that pushes scholarship toward broader implications."— International Studies Review

"A groundbreaking chronicle... Highly recommended for both public and college library collections."— Midwest Book Review

"A well written, important contribution to the growing literature on women, gender, and democracy, as well as to African studies."—Valentine M. Moghadam, author of Globalizing Women

Kathleen M. Fallon is an associate professor of sociology at McGill University.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press (July 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080189008X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801890086
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Written by Kathleen M. Fallon (assistant professor of sociology, McGill University) Democracy and the Rise of Women's Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa is a close examination of the interplay between women's advocacy groups and the recent evolution of democratic government in Africa, with especial attention paid to Ghana as a case study. Gathering source material from interviews and surveys conducted in Ghana, as well as analyses of existing literature, Democracy and the Rise of Women's Movements in Sub-Saharan Africa is a groundbreaking chronicle of gains and reforms that are transforming the old inequalities generated by years of colonization and dictatorships. A socially relevant modern study, highly recommended for both public and college library collections.
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