Women and the remaking of politics in Southern Africa : negotiating autonomy, incorporation, and representation /
Gisela Geisler.
Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2004.
241 p. ; 24 cm.
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Uppsala : Nordiska Afrikainstitutet, 2004.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-233) and index.
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The author's extensive experience in Southern Africa is reflected in this comprehensive explanation of "the limitation political careers represent for many African women," whether they function in traditional rural areas, in urban centers that include leaders of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), or in elective-appointive government offices. Numerous factors affect their behavior; e.g., the stresses of sisterhood versus political party loyalty, lack of equality, gender quotas minimizing their political legitimacy, or socially constructed differences rather than biological distinctions. The basic themes reflect familiar patterns of behavior as women evolved through the various eras of Southern African political development: participation in nationalist movements leading to liberation; unique characteristics of the liberation movement in South Africa; traditional and patriarchal behavior that assigned women to subordinate positions in political party structures; marginalization in government institutions; and the emergence of NGOs' gradual acquisition of political clout often minimized by the variety of issues affecting unity among them. This analysis is essentially a realistic appraisal balanced by a carefully constructed list of achievements. Readers will find this study extraordinarily informative. It includes an excellent bibliography and is potentially an excellent course text. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. M. E. Doro emerita, Connecticut College
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Issues and Realitiesp. 17
Fighting Men's Warsp. 39
The Case of the South African Women's Movementp. 64
A Non-Decision-Making Machineryp. 88
Women's Desks and Ministriesp. 117
Sometimes Autonomy but Often No Unityp. 143
Women Politiciansp. 173
Conclusionp. 206
Persons Interviewedp. 217
Referencesp. 221
Abbreviationsp. 234
Indexp. 236
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