This book highlights the way in which contemporary forms of governance, policy and politics have been reframed by women 'working the spaces of power'. It shows how they took activist commitments into their working lives, in the process negotiating the terrain of neoliberal governance. Their work generated new political movements, community initiatives, public policies, organizational logics and forms of 'knowledge work'.
Newman draws on over 50 interviews with women from four generations to interrogate, develop and challenge existing approaches to understanding social and political change. In a postscript she traces ways in which the analysis might 'speak to the present' and offer resources for contemporary politics and practice.
Janet Newman is Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Social Science at the Open University, UK. Her many publications include Publics, Politics and Power (with J. Clarke, 2009) and Power, Participation and Political Renewal (with M.Barnes and H.Sullivan, 2007).
Introduction Talking Politics Perverse Alignments: Women's Activism and the Governmentalisation of Community Close Encounters: Feminism, Policy and the Remaking of Governance Modernising Moments: Work, Organisations and the Entrepreneurial Self Critical Engagements: Knowledge Work as Political Practice Border Work: Generating Spaces of Power Conclusion: Activism, Neoliberalism and Gendered Labour Postscript: Speaking to the Present Bibliography