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Women of the Right


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ContentsAcknowledgments List of AbbreviationsIntroductionKathleen M. Blee and Sandra McGee DeutschPART 1 TRANSNATIONAL AND COMPARATIVE STUDIES1 Transnational Connections Among Right-Wing Women: Brazil, Chile, and the United StatesMargaret Power2 Exporting the Culture Wars: Concerned Women for America in the Global ArenaJill A. Irvine3 Memoirs of an Avatar: A Feminist Exploration of Right-Wing Worlds in SecondLife.comRandolph Hollingsworth4 Righting Africa? Contextualizing Notions of Women's Right-Wing Activism in Sub-Saharan AfricaKathleen M. Fallon and Julie Moreau5 Gender, Islam, and Conservative PoliticsKarla J. Cunningham6 Women in Extreme Right Parties and Movements: A Comparison of the Netherlands and the United StatesKathleen M. Blee and Annette LindenPART 2 PRIVATIZING THE PUBLIC, POLITICIZING THE PRIVATE7 Maternalism Goes to War: Class, Nativism, and Mothers' Fight for Conscription in America's First World WarKate Hallgren8 From Suffrage to Silence: The South African Afrikaner Nationalist Women's Parties, 1915-1931Louise Vincent9 Porfirista Femininity in Exile: Women's Contributions to San Antonio's La Prensa, 1913-1929Nancy Aguirre10 Domesticating Fascism: Family and Gender in French Fascist LeaguesDaniella Sarnoff11 The Volksgemeinschaft and Its Female Denouncers in the Third ReichVandana Joshi12 Mothering the Nation: Maternalist Frames in the Hindu Nationalist Movement in IndiaMeera SehgalPART 3 COUNTERING THE LEFT13 "It Takes Women to Fight Women": Woman Suffrage and the Genesis of Female Conservatism in the United StatesKirsten Delegard14 Women's Work in Argentina's Nationalist Lexicon, 1930-1943Mariela Rubinzal15 "To Tell All My People": Race, Representation, and John Birch Society Activist Julia BrownVeronica A. Wilson16 Leading the Nation: Extreme Right Women Leaders Among the SerbsCarol S. Lilly and Jill A. Irvine17 Dilemmas of Representation: Conservative and Feminist Women's Organizations React to Sarah PalinRonnee SchreiberSelected BibliographyContributorsIndex

About the Author

"Kathleen M. Blee is Distinguished Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, USA.


"The wave of populism sweeping through Western democracies is putting women forward-Sarah Palin in the United States, Marine le Pen in France, Siv Jensen in Norway. Yet one knows very little about these women of the right, who are overlooked by existing research. This book is one of the first to make a thorough empirical examination of how and why they get involved. Through a feminist and multidisciplinary perspective covering a century of mobilizations in four continents, it reveals the complex interaction between gender and politics. Even in movements that see them only as mothers and wives, women don't act or think as men do, and they find in their activism some form of emancipation and transgression, blurring the left-right divide. A whole new planet is opening for research on this unexplored dark side of female activism."

-Nonna Mayer, Centre d'etudes europeennes de Sciences Po

"Pathbreaking research and sparkling analysis in an accessible and coherent collection that brilliantly illuminates a neglected area of social science research on right-wing movements."

-Chip Berlet, Political Research Associates

"Kathleen Blee and Sandra McGee Deutsch have produced an important book that examines the role of women in extreme right movements around the globe. Their collection of scholarly essays refuses easy explanations, showing instead that rightist women have both defended and challenged traditional stereotypes of family and society, just as they have sometimes blurred the line between left and right. The bottom line, as Blee and Deutsch rightly point out, is that women, like others, are complex human beings who make different choices in various cultural and political contexts."

-Mark Potok, Southern Poverty Law Center

"Women of the Right is a very valuable contribution to a growing field. It is cutting-edge, occupying a cross section between the burgeoning field of gender and transnationalism and the study of women in right-wing movements. It is particularly exciting because it not only offers various national case studies and brings us up to the present day but also draws important comparisons and contrasts between the ideas, representations, and organization of women on the right and the far right."

-Julie Gottlieb, University of Sheffield

"Kathleen Blee and Sandra McGee Deutsch, distinguished pioneers in the field of right-wing women's history, have done it again. This book is impressive in its scope and depth, taking the field to a new level. Blee and Deutsch have assembled a fine collection that builds and expands on previous research on gender and right-wing politics. They address the topic in a transnational context while paying close attention to local actors and circumstances."

-Victoria Gonzalez-Rivera, San Diego State University

"A major contribution not only to work on women and different strands of the right but also to our understanding of the right transnationally."

-Martin Durham, University of Wolverhampton, UK

"Kathleen Blee and Sandra McGee Deutsch have assembled a first-rate group of scholars. The result is a splendid volume that throws new light on the role of women in far-right movements and parties."

-Sabrina Ramet, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

"The chapters are all highly informative, well reasoned, and excellently written. This major advance will be of lasting value to scholars of gender studies, contentious politics, and global development."

-J. Li, Choice

"[A] highlight of Women of the Right is the editorial practice of pointing out similarities between the diverse essays that make up the volume, reinforcing the book's thesis that rightist women's activism was propelled by trans- and international connections."

-Erika Kuhlman, Signs

"[Women of the Right makes] compelling reading on a still-fresh topic in women's history."

-Erika Kuhlman, Signs

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