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Women, States, & NGOs

Women, States, & NGOs:

What is the state and where did it come from? Is it necessary? What is the source of state power and how do women, in particular, encounter it? These are some of the questions we will consider when we examine the ongoing debates within (US and European) women’s movements about whether and how to engage the state on women’s behalf or, perhaps, dismiss it altogether as inhospitable to feminist values.

We begin this exploration with an overview and critical analysis of the conventional conceptions and history of the state. Then, we consider the differing strategies (e.g., suffrage, integration, separatism, or anarchism) and debates among and within movements struggling for women’s liberation.

Dr. Amy Elman
Kalamazoo College

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