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Between hope & despair : women learning politics /
Donna M. Chovanec.
imprint
Halifax, N.S. : Fernwood, c2009.
description
128 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm.
ISBN
1552662993 (pbk.), 9781552662991 (pbk.)
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imprint
Halifax, N.S. : Fernwood, c2009.
isbn
1552662993 (pbk.)
9781552662991 (pbk.)
general note
"Basics from Fernwood Publishing"--Cover.
catalogue key
6803783
 
Includes bibliographical references.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Donna Chovanec teaches in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Alberta. She specializes in adult education with a particular interest in social movements.
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2009-10-01:
In this slim volume, Chovanec (education policy studies, Univ. of Alberta, Canada) enables readers to understand the antidictatorship movement in Arica, at the northern Chilean border, through women's voices. She does this in three time segments: "Act I," the antecedents before dictator Pinochet took control; "Act II," the struggle of risky, creative and efficacious praxis through 1989; and "Act III," the continuation thereafter. Chovanec shares pictures of movement activities and insights about meanings translated from Spanish. The book is divided into two parts; the first part portrays "the passion, the perseverance, and the polarities of the women's movement" in the three acts discussed above, and the second discusses a theoretical and methodological analysis of political learning, drawing on Gramsci, Marx, and Brazilian adult education pedagogical genius Paulo Freire. Initially, the order of the first and second parts seems odd, but upon full comprehension of this gem of a book, the sequence appears appropriate--an authentic analysis of action and reflection. While many books are available on Latin American women's feminist and social movements, this short book shares themes with Sonia Alvarez's Engendering Democracy (CH, Jun'91, 28-5865) and Shirley Walters's, ed., Globalization, Adult Education, and Training (1997). Summing Up: Recommended. All undergraduate, graduate, and research collections. K. Staudt University of Texas at El Paso
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Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
Based on a study of women's movement in Arica, Chile, this book provides an empirical account of political learning in social movements.
Main Description
Based on an empirical study of a women's movement in Arica, Chile, this exploration documents how this particular group organized to oppose Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Presenting an analysis of social movements in general as well as their reasons and barriers, this overview is told through the women's own words and experiences, painting a graphic picture of courage and determination. This gripping narrative also focuses on the political learning and educational processes that emerged from this effort. Three key themes are investigated, including political consciousness, social-movement praxis, and how participation in these struggles has a life-changing effect. Concluding with a discussion of the role of adult education in social movements, this powerful examination is buttressed with actual photographs from the Chilean protest.
Main Description
Based on an empirical study of a women's movement in Arica, Chile, this exploration documents how this particular group organized to oppose Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Presenting an analysis of social movements in general as well as their reasons and barriers, this overview is told through the women's own words and experiences, painting a graphic picture of courage and determination. This gripping narrative also focuses on the political learning and educational processes that emerged from this effort. Three key themes are investigated, including political consciousness, social movement praxis, and how participation in these struggles has a life-changing effect. Concluding with a discussion of the role of adult education in social movements, this powerful examination is buttressed with actual photographs from the Chilean protest.
Long Description
This book is an empirical account of political learning in social movements based on a study of a women's movement in Arica, Chile. In the first part of the book the author tells the story of how the women of Arica organized to oppose the Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. This gripping narrative, told through the women's own words and experiences, paints a graphic picture of their courage and determination. The second part focuses on the political learning and educational processes that emerged from this narrative. The author explores three key themes: political consciousness, social movement praxis and how participation in social movements changes lives. She concludes by discussing the role of adult education in social movements. The book is illustrated with images from the struggle.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgementsp. 7
Introductionp. 9
Why Study Political Learning in the Women's Movement?p. 10
Outline of the Bookp. 11
Terms and Translationsp. 11
The Arica Storyp. 13
Introductionp. 14
The Settingp. 15
The Contextp. 16
Notep. 18
Act I-Los Antecedentes (The Antecedents)p. 19
On the Path to Socialism: Pre-1973p. 19
Fron One Day to the Next: September 11, 1973p. 22
Quiet Continuity: 1973-83p. 25
Notesp. 28
Act II-La Lucha (The Struggle)p. 30
Genesis of the Women's Movement: October 29, 1983p. 30
Powerful Women in a Powerful Movement: 1983-88p. 31
Women's Organizationsp. 32
Clandestine Activitiesp. 36
Acts of Solidarity and Resistancep. 38
Communal Survival-oriented Activitiesp. 41
Human Rights Groupsp. 42
Political Parties and Movementsp. 45
The Roman Catholic Churchp. 45
Summary of Women's Movement Activitiesp. 47
The Movement in Transition: 1988-90p. 49
Notesp. 50
Act III-La Continuación (The Continuation)p. 51
Women Return to their Homesp. 51
Chile's Pseudo-Democracyp. 53
The Women's Movement in the New Millenniump. 55
A New Generation of Activistsp. 59
Notesp. 62
Learning and Education in Social Movementsp. 63
Introductionp. 63
The Research Studyp. 64
Introductionp. 64
Social Movement Theoriesp. 65
Adult Education and Social Movement Scholarshipp. 66
Researching Social Movement Learning in the Women's Movement in Chilep. 68
Research Approachesp. 68
Research Methodsp. 69
Ongoing Researchp. 72
How Do We Learn Political Consciousness?p. 73
Introductionp. 73
What is Political Consciousness?p. 74
How is Political Consciousness Learned?p. 75
Acquiring Political Consciousness through Early Learningp. 76
Integrating Political Consciousness through Active Engagementp. 77
Conclusionp. 81
Notep. 82
What is Social Movement Praxis?p. 83
Introductionp. 83
What is Praxis?p. 84
The Role of Reflection in Social Movement Praxis: Political Preparation and Ideologyp. 87
Incorporating Ideology into Social Movement Praxisp. 90
Denouncing: Analyzing Capitalist Relationsp. 90
Announcing: Clarifying the Visionp. 92
Summaryp. 94
Notep. 94
How does Participating in Social Movements Change Lives?p. 95
Introductionp. 95
Las Jóvenes: The Lost Generationp. 96
Consequences of Social Movement Participationp. 103
Consequences in Social and Political Livesp. 103
Consequences on Personal and Interpersonal Livesp. 106
Emotions and Traumap. 107
Finding Hopep. 109
Notesp. 110
What Is the Role of an Adult Educator in Social Movements?111
Introductionp. 111
Organic and Intentional Adult Educationp. 112
Political-Pedagogical Entry Pointsp. 116
Final Wordp. 119
Referencesp. 121
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