In Women and the Politics of Place , Wendy Harcourt and Arturo Escobar analyze women's ecomic and social justice movements by challenging traditional views. The authors reveal how an interrelated set of transformations around the body, environment, and the ecomy factors into place-based practices of women and how these provide alternative ways of advancement in these mobilizations. The book develops a conceptual framework based on the most current debates in anthropology, geography, ecology, feminist, and development studies. This guides academics, activists, and policymakers toward an understanding of how women are politically negotiating globalization. Also featured are the experiences of women working to defend their homelands on issues such as reproductive rights, land and community, rural and urban environments, and global capital. Written for wide use by academics, students, and practitioners, Women and the Politics of Place bridges the division between academic and activist kwledge with an original analysis of global feminist issues.
Wendy Harcourt is a program adviser at the Society for International Development, an international development NGO and Editor of Development, the SID quarterly journal, and the current Chair of Women in Development, Europe. She writes extensively in the field of gender and development and has led several research and policy programs for SID, the UN, and European NGOs on globalization, alternative economics and gender, reproductive rights and health, culture and communications. Arturo Escobar is a professor of Anthropology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His recent research has focused on the intersection among development, capital, and social movements in the Colombian Pacific region. Specifically, he is concerned with looking in the context of the transnational debates on rainforest political ecology and biodiversity conservation