Anti-statism and Difference Feminism in International Social Movements

Citation:

Mansbridge, Jane. “Anti-statism and Difference Feminism in International Social Movements”. International Feminist Journal of Politics 53 (2003): , 5, 3, 355-360. Web. Copy at http://www.tinyurl.com/y5cebotz
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Abstract:

Feminist strategies that neglect or consistently deplore state action cannot accomplish what women need – because individuals need collectives such as states to solve collective action problems and to move toward more just social arrangements. Strategies that rely heavily on women's differences from men also cannot accomplish what women need – because women are like men in many ways relevant to individual and collective action. Despite these truths, social movements also need some strategies of action that work separately from and sometimes against the state. Moreover, strategies that accentuate the differences between oppressed and oppressing bring needed energy to a movement. The best overall strategy is, therefore, to realize that both states and difference theories are dangerous weapons, and proceed with caution.

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