Why Women Protest: Women's Movements in Chile

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 26, 2002 - Political Science - 234 pages
Why do women protest? Under what conditions do women protest on the basis of their gender identity? Professor Baldez answers in terms of tipping, timing and framing. She relies on the concept of tipping to identify the point at which diverse organizations converge to form a women's movement. She argues that two conditions trigger this mobilization among women: partisan realignment, understood as the emergence of a new set of issues around which political elites define themselves, and women's decision to frame realignment in terms of widely held norms about gender difference. To illustrate these claims, she compares two very different women's movements in Chile: the mobilization of women against President Salvador Allende (1970-3) and that against General Augusto Pinochet (1973-90). Despite differences between these two movements, both emerged amidst a context of partisan realignment and framed their concerns in terms of women's exclusion from the political arena.
 

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Contents

WHY WOMEN PROTEST TIPPING TIMING AND FRAMING
1
MOTHERS OF THE COLD WAR DAUGHTERS OF THE REVOLUTION A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF WOMEN AND CHILEAN POLITICS
21
THE REVOLUTION HITS HOME WOMEN ORGANIZE AGAINST ALLENDE
49
CATAPULTING MEN TO ACTION THE MARCH OF THE EMPTY POTS
76
FEMININE POWER AND THE END OF THE SOCIALIST REVOLUTION
98
GENDERED NETWORKS AND THE REBIRTH OF CIVIL SOCIETY
125
WOMEN DEFEND LIFE MASS PROTESTS AND THE WOMENS MOVEMENT
146
DEMOCRACY IN THE COUNTRY AND IN THE HOME WOMEN FOR AND AGAINST DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION
168
WHY WOMEN PROTEST COMPARATIVE EVIDENCE
196
References
209
Index
227
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Page 209 - Peace in the World and Democracy at Home: The Chilean Women's Movement in the 1940s," in David Rock, ed., Latin America in the 1940s: War and Postwar Transitions.

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