Critical Debates on Women

Women’s Encounter with

 Edited by
Dasgupta, Driskell, Braun and Yeates

INR 595; £ 12.95; $ 19.95

ISBN: 978 81 908841 8 1;
Size: 234 X 156 mm;
Pages: 230; PB; Year: 2012

In the series: Women on Frontpage, this volume is an investigation to women's varied experiences in an increasingly globalized world. In situations where women have been historically repressed or discriminated under a patriarchal division of labour, some features of globalization may have liberating consequences. While globalization presents opportunities to some women also causes marginalization of many others. Women play a distinct role in globalization, experience more harmful effects, and often become a constituency for anti-systemic movements.

The present volume will throw focus on the issue of women's power in the era of globalization. The contributors analysed the gender politics across the globe touching a number of continents and sub-continents. This book aims to contribute to key debates in this area by exploring critical themes and issues in women's access to power and resources in a globalizing world.


Samir Dasgupta is Professor of Sociology at the University of Kalyani, West Bengal, India.

Robyn Driskell is Professor, Department of Sociology, Baylor University, USA.

Yvonne A Braun is Assistant Professor, Departments of Women's and Gender Studies and International Studies, University of Oregon, USA.

Nicola Yeates is Senior Lecturer in Social Policy, Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.


Introduction By Samir Dasgupta, Robyn Driskell, Yvonne Braun and Nicola Yeats


Rosalind Sydie: Feminist Reflections on Globalization


Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg and Steven J Steinberg: Global Women Superheroes: Place, Space and Action


Kathryn Strother Ratcliff and Lwendo Moonzwe: Globalization, Women, and Health: Threats and Empowerment


Tomas Mac Sheoin and Nicola Yeates: Women and Anti-Globalization Movement


Bandana Purkayastha and Jayme Schwartzman: Mother-work and the work of mothers: Contemporary Globalization and the Labour of Poor Women


Alessandra Gonzalez: Gender and Power among Elite Women in the Middle East


Fatima L Adamu: Challenges of Global Culture in an African Muslim Society


Elaheh Rostami-Povey: Afghan Women Resistance and Struggle in Afghanistan and Diasporic Communities


Liza Weinstein and Tarini Bedi: Building Politics: Gender and Political Power in Globalizing Mumbai


Diane- Gabrielle Trembly: Gender and Organizational Change: A difficult balancing act?


Samir Dasgupta and Sumita Duttagupta: Globalization, Media and Women





Alessandra L González, M A, is a Presidential Scholar in the doctoral programme, Department of Sociology, Baylor University, USA.


Bandana Purkayastha is the Director, Graduate Studies, Sociology & Professor, Sociology and Asian American Studies, University of Connecticut, USA.


Diane-Gabrielle Tremblay is Canada Research Chair on the Socio-organisational Challenges of the Knowledge Economy, and Professor at Tele-universite of the University of Quebec in Montreal, Canada.


Elaheh Rostami-Povey is a Lecturer in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, United Kingdom.


Fatima L Adamu is a Professor at the Department of Sociology, Usmanu Dan Fodiyo University, Nigeria.


Jayme Schwartzman is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology, University of Connecticut, USA.


Kathryn Strother Ratcliff is a faculty member in Sociology at the University of Connecticut, USA.


Liza Weinstein is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, USA.


Lwendo Moonzwe is a graduate student in the Ph D programme in Sociology at the University of Connecticut, USA.


Rosalind A Sydie is Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.


Sheila Lakshmi Steinberg is Director of Community Research for the California Centre for Rural Policy and is a Professor of Sociology at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, USA.


Steven J Steinberg is Director of the Institute for Spatial Analysis, and a Professor of Geospatial Sciences at Humboldt State University, Arcata, California, USA.


Sumita Duttagupta , a Ph D from the University of Kalyani, India is presently associated with the Society for Applied Sociology, India (SASI).


Tarini Bedi is Associate Director, South Asia Language and Resource Centre, and the Committee on Southern Asian Studies at the University of Chicago, USA.


Tomas Mac Sheoin is an independent scholar who writes on environmental and social movement issues.