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Separate Roads to Feminism
Black, Chicana, and White Feminist Movements in America's Second Wave

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  • Author: Benita Roth, State University of New York, Binghamton
  • Date Published: February 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521529723

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  • This examines the emergence of feminist movements from the Civil Rights/Black Liberation movement, the Chicano movement, and the white left in the 1960s and 1970s. The author argues that the 'second wave' was comprised of feminisms: organizationally distinct movements that influenced each other in complex ways. The making of second wave feminisms resulted from decisions that feminists made about their political choices given constraints that affected their activism. These constraints were placed on them by structural inequalities that militated against unity among feminists from different racial/ethnic communities; by loyalties that feminists, particularly feminists of color, felt to other members of their movement communities; and by the necessity of making political decisions within a competitive and complex extra-institutional oppositional milieu.

    • First book to examine in a comparative fashion the development of white women's liberation, Black feminism and Chicana feminism in the 1960s and 1970s, the era known as the 'second wave' of US feminist protest.
    • Analyzes feminisms as part of the upsurge of left social protest in the US in the 1960's and 1970s
    • Puts Black feminism and Chicana feminism in their proper chronological place as part of a group of feminisms in the second wave, and not later variants on white feminism
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    '… a major contribution to the study of second-wave feminism in the United States … the rhetorical and stylistic clarity of the writing … provides a very useful and stimulating insight into how to reconcile the structural strain which prevails in American social movement theory …'. Cercles

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    • Date Published: February 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521529723
    • length: 288 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 5 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface/Acknowledgments
    Introduction: the emergence and development of feminism along racial and ethnic lines in the 1960s and 1970s
    1. To whom do you refer? structure and the situated feminist
    2. The 'fourth world' is born: intra-movement experience, oppositional political communities and the emergence of the white women's liberation movement
    3. The vanguard center: intra-movement experience and the emergence of black feminism
    4. Las Feministas: intra-movement experience and the emergence of chicana feminism
    5. Organizing one's own: the competitive social movement sector and the rise of organizationally different feminist movements
    Conclusion: revisiting and 're-visioning' second-wave feminisms
    Appendix: interviews and oral histories.

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    Benita Roth, State University of New York, Binghamton

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