By Florence E. Babb

ISBN-10: 0292708998

ISBN-13: 9780292708990

Nicaragua's Sandinista revolution (1979-1990) initiated a vast application of social transformation to enhance the location of the operating category and terrible, girls, and different non-elite teams via agrarian reform, restructured city employment, and vast entry to healthiness care, schooling, and social companies. This booklet explores how Nicaragua's least strong voters have fared within the years because the Sandinista revolution, as neoliberal governments have rolled again those state-supported reforms and brought measures to advertise the advance of a market-driven economy.

Drawing on ethnographic learn carried out in the course of the Nineteen Nineties, Florence Babb describes the unfavorable effects that experience the go back to a capitalist direction, particularly for ladies and low-income electorate. furthermore, she charts the expansion of women's and different social routine (neighborhood, lesbian and homosexual, indigenous, formative years, peace, and environmental) that experience taken good thing about new openings for political mobilization. Her ethnographic pics of a low-income barrio and of women's craft cooperatives powerfully hyperlink neighborhood, cultural responses to nationwide and international processes.

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We divided into six working groups; the most popular ones focused on the economy and the environment, sexuality, and violence against women. The working groups produced assessments of the situation facing women and concrete proposals for action. At the conclusion of the encuentro, networks were formed to address specific issues. These networks have continued to shape the women’s movement, and through them women have gained access to public spaces, including the media. Coming out of a decade of revolutionary practice, it is not surprising that these women took a long historical view of their current situation.

I trace the changing fortunes of the urban cooperatives that I followed through the period of my research, which included artisans, seamstresses, bakers, and welders—predominantly women. Once again, we see that while the 1990s have seen the dismantling of many revolutionary projects, the revolution left its legacy, resulting in a productive social tension among urban working women and men who are not ready to give up what they had achieved at such great cost. Most anthropological studies of development have used a political economy model to examine efforts and outcomes of development programs.

The mass women’s organization formed by the fsln before the Sandinistas’ victory has been known since 1979 as the Nicaraguan Women’s Association “Luisa Amanda Espinosa,” or amnlae, named for the first woman to have fallen in combat. The association offered support to women in the popular sectors, encouraging their political and economic participation while conforming to fsln priorities. Under pressure from diverse groups of women, the fsln and amnlae responded to calls for an end to gender inequalities.

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