Through ethnographic case studies and activists' narratives, Contesting Publics analyses the challenges feminists face as they seek to engage with new spaces of participatory democracy in Latin America.
Lynne Phillips and Sally Cole analyse how new silences, exclusions and re-inscriptions of inequalities have emerged alongside these new spaces of participation. They re-examine the relationship between public and private and address a larger theoretical question: what is the meaning of 'the public' within democracy projects?
Contesting Publics considers current debates among feminists from different generations on the merits of a variety of strategies, goals and issues, drawing out vital lessons for students, researchers and activists in anthropology, gender studies and Latin American studies.
Lynne Phillips is Dean of Arts and Professor of Anthropology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is co-author of Contesting Publics: Feminism, Activism, Ethnography (Pluto, 2014) and The Third Wave of Modernization in Latin America: Cultural Perspectives on Neoliberalism (1998). Sally Cole is Professor of Anthropology at Concordia University, Montreal. She is co-author of Contesting Publics: Feminism, Activism, Ethnography (Pluto, 2014) and author of Ruth Landes: A Life in Anthropology (2003).
Preface: Contesting Publics, by Sally Cole and Lynne Phillips 1. Towards an Ethnography of Publics by Sally Cole and Lynne Phillips 2. Autoconstructed Feminist Publics: Household Matters in Northeast Brazil by Sally Cole Activist Testimony: Mariza 3. Saving Women? Awkward Alliances in the Public Spaces of Sex Tourism by Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan Activist Testimony: Susana and Luisa 4. Feminism and 'Post-Neoliberal' Publics: Working the Spaces of Ecuador's Constitutional Reform by Lynne Phillips Activist Testimony: Cecilia 5. Gossip as Direct Action by Erica Lagalisse 6. A Pedagogical Conversation: Public Scholars and Public Scholarship by Sally Cole, Marie-Eve Carrier-Moisan, Erica Lagalisse and Lynne Phillips Notes References Index