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This book explores women of color’s grassroots leadership in organizations that are not singularly identified with feminism. Centered in New York City, Pushing Back brings an intersectional perspective to communities of color as it addresses injustices tied to domestic work, housing, and environmental policies and practices. Ariella Rotramel shows how activists respond to injustice and marginalization, documenting the ways people of color and the working class in the United States recognize identity as key to the roots of and solutions to injustices such as environmental racism and gentrification.

Rotramel further provides an in-depth analysis of the issues that organizations representing transnational communities of color identify as fundamental to their communities and how they frame them. Introducing the theoretical concept of “queer motherwork,” Rotramel explores the forms of advocacy these activists employ and shows how they negotiate internal diversity (gender, race, class, sexuality, etc.) and engage broader communities, particularly as women-led groups.

Pushing Back highlights case studies of two New York–based organizations, the pan-Asian/American CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities (formerly the Committee Against Anti- Asian Violence) and South Bronx’s Mothers on the Move/ Madres en Movimiento (MOM). Both organizations are small, women-led community organizations that have participated in a number of progressive coalitions on issues such as housing rights, workers’ rights, and environmental justice at the local, national, and global levels.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. List of Illustrations
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Pushing Back
  1. Introduction: Situated Knowledge and Action
  2. pp. 1-35
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  1. Stuck on Repeat: Stereotypes and Structural Oppression of Communities of Color
  2. pp. 36-52
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  1. Building Women’s Leadership : Interrelationality as Feminist Praxis
  2. pp. 53-74
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  1. Organizing Strategies: From the Streets to the Courts
  2. pp. 75-96
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  1. Housing Struggles from Chinatown to the South Bronx
  2. pp. 97-116
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  1. Conclusion: Identity Politics and Intersectionalities in Social Justice Praxis
  2. pp. 117-122
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 123-126
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  1. Appendix: Organizations and Their Activities
  2. pp. 127-128
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 129-148
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 149-153
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780820356136
Related ISBN(s)
9780820356662
MARC Record
OCLC
1128884923
Pages
164
Launched on MUSE
2020-01-06
Language
English
Open Access
No

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