This interdisciplinary volume provides a historical and international framework for understanding the changing role of women in the political economy of Latin America and the Caribbean. The contributors challenge the traditional policies, goals, and effects of development, and examine such topics as colonialism and women's subordination; the links to economic, social, and political trends in North America; the gendered division of paid and unpaid work; differing economic structures, cultural and class patterns; women's organized resistance; and the relationship of gender to class, race, and ethnicity/nationality. Christine E. Bose is Associate Professor of Sociology, Women's Studies, and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY. Edna Acosta-Belen is Distinguished Service Professor of Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Women's Studies and the Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University at Albany, SUNY.
Preface Introduction - Christine E. Bose and Edna Acosta-Belen Part I: From Colonization to Development and Industrialization: Gender and the Economy 1. Colonialism, Structural Subordination, and Empowerment: Women in the Development Process in Latin America and the Caribbean - Edna Acosta-Belen and Christine E. Bose 2. Gender, Industrialization, Transnational Corporations, and Development: An Overview of Trends and Patterns - Kathryn B. Ward and Jean Larson Pyle 3. Feminist Inroads in the Study of Women's Work and Development - Luz del Alba Acevedo 4. Recasting Women in the Global Economy: Internationalization and Changing Definitions of Gender - M. Patricia Fernandez Kelly and Saskia Sassen 5. Gender, Industrialization, and Development in Puerto Rico - Palmira N. Rios Part II: Empowering Women: Individual, Household, and Collective Strategies 6. Latin American Women in the World Capitalist Crisis - June Nash 7. Gender and Multiple Income Strategies in Rural Mexico: A Twenty-Year Perspective - Frances Abrahamer Rothstein 8. Gender, Microenterprise, Performance, and Power: Case Studies from the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Swaziland - Rae Lesser Blumberg 9. Women's Social Movements in Latin America - Helen Icken Safa 10. Revolutionary Popular Feminism in Nicaragua: Ideologies, Political Transactions, and the Struggle for Autonomy - Norma Stoltz Chinchilla About the Editors and Contributors Index