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Leveraging the Global to Empower Local Struggles: Resistance and Efficacy in Transnational Feminist Networks

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In this essay, I will focus on one particular type of 'transnationalism,' that is, transnational feminist networks, within which women have organised in response to the hegemonies of global capital. More specifically, and in contrast to other discussions that have emphasised women's organising around 'women’s rights as human rights,' I consider feminist networks that coalesce around struggles concerning labour and economy. The three case studies to which I refer concern networks that have bases in Latin America and the Carribean. Despite being 'transnational,' and indeed being founded and conditional on 'the global,' I argue that these networks and their respective actions and achievements are primarily about 'the local.' That is, transnationally connected organisations are first and foremost engaged in local struggles and efficacious in local counter-hegemonic resistance, as opposed to challenging the wider global regime, even though neo-liberalism may indeed be a significant player in local oppressions. As Manisha Desai notes, 'Many resistance strategies embody a radical critique not just of global capital, but also of pre-existing social inequalities based on race, class, gender, sexuality and nationality.' ...
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2005-11-01

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