CONTENTS:- 1. The social movement as gendered terrain; 2. Background and history: the case studies in comparative gender perspective; 3. Theorizing gender in social movements; 4. "Getting fired up": gendered factors in movement mobilization; 5. Social resistance strategies: the myth of gender neutrality; 6. Repercussions: gendered interests and social movement outcomes.
Do men and women experience participation in social movements differently? Are gender roles reproduced or undermined during a struggle for liberation? In this brief text examining gender roles in social movements, M. Bahati Kuumba shows how liberation struggles are viewed through women's eyes and how gender affects women's mobilization, strategies, and outcomes in social movement organizations. Using two well-known examples, the American Civil Rights movement and the South African National Liberation movement, Kuumba documents the circumscribed roles of women, the unheralded role of movement leaders such as Ella Baker and Frances Baard, and how gender affected movement activities and results. Gender and Social Movements is the ideal text to introduce a sophisticated view of race and gender into social movement courses.