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Marxism, Feminism, and the Struggle for Democracy in Latin America

Norma Stoltz Chinchilla
Gender and Society
Vol. 5, No. 3, Special Issue: Marxist Feminist Theory (Sep., 1991), pp. 291-310
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/189842
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

While discussions of dissolving the hyphen between Marxism and feminism were put on the back burner in the United States and England in the 1980s, the author argues that changes in Latin America during the same decade favor a possible convergence of contemporary Marxist and feminist theory and practice. These conditions include the emergence of a second-wave feminist movement in many Latin America countries, the central role of women in contemporary social movements, and an internal critique within Latin American Marxism. Key issues pointing toward a convergence of thinking include a reevaluation and redefinition of democracy, the concept of "a plurality of social subjects" or potential revolutionary actors, the importance of autonomy for popular movements in relation to political parties and the state, and a new understanding of the importance of daily life in the struggle for socialism.

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