After Revolution: Mapping Gender and Cultural Politics in Neoliberal Nicaragua

Paperback | November 15, 2001

byFlorence E. Babb

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Nicaragua's Sandinista revolution (1979-1990) initiated a broad program of social transformation to improve the situation of the working class and poor, women, and other non-elite groups through agrarian reform, restructured urban employment, and wide access to health care, education, and social services. This book explores how Nicaragua's least powerful citizens have fared in the years since the Sandinista revolution, as neoliberal governments have rolled back these state-supported reforms and introduced measures to promote the development of a market-driven economy.

Drawing on ethnographic research conducted throughout the 1990s, Florence Babb describes the negative consequences that have followed the return to a capitalist path, especially for women and low-income citizens. In addition, she charts the growth of women's and other social movements (neighborhood, lesbian and gay, indigenous, youth, peace, and environmental) that have taken advantage of new openings for political mobilization. Her ethnographic portraits of a low-income barrio and of women's craft cooperatives powerfully link local, cultural responses to national and global processes.

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Nicaragua's Sandinista revolution (1979-1990) initiated a broad program of social transformation to improve the situation of the working class and poor, women, and other non-elite groups through agrarian reform, restructured urban employment, and wide access to health care, education, and social services. This book explores how Nicarag...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 8.9 × 5.93 × 0.89 inPublished:November 15, 2001Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292709005

ISBN - 13:9780292709003

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Introduction: Writing after Revolution2. Negotiating Spaces: The Gendered Politics of Location3. "Managua Is Nicaragua": Gender, Memory, and Cultural Politics 4. A Place on a Map: The Local and the National Viewed from the Barrio5. Unmaking the Revolution: Women, Urban Cooperatives, and Neoliberalism6. From Cooperatives to Microenterprises in the Postrevolutionary Era7. Narratives of Development, Nationhood, and the Body8. Toward a New Political Culture9. Conclusion: Remembering NicaraguaNotesBibliographyIndex

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This will be a very significant contribution to gender studies, the literature on social movements, and our understanding of post-socialist societies. . . . Its clear and sensitive writing style makes it very valuable for classes and a broad audience, while its sophisticated understanding of contemporary theory on development, social movements, and discourse analysis makes it useful for more specialized readers. - Frances Rothstein, Professor of Anthropology, Towson University