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Introduction: Feminist Popular Education

Pedagogies, Politics, and Possibilities
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Abstract

The transnational political landscape has been reconfigured, over the past couple of decades, in ways that have significant implications—both challenges and possibilities—for feminist practice. We cite a few of the most obvious examples. Neoliberal economic restructuring has not only exacerbated material inequalities for the majority of men and women, but has also inscribed market rationality across wide swathes of public life. The achievement of constitutional gender equality in national and international forums has granted a tenuous legitimacy to gender and sexual-diversity political claims but neither provided for their realization nor prevented socially conservative and fundamentalist political movements from targeting women’s bodies. New media have extended not only the capabilities and reach of feminist activism, but also that of forms of violence against women. A range of “new” global issues (such as HIV and AIDS, climate change, trafficking in women and children, Indigenous peoples’ sovereignty struggles, disability, and the violent racialization of immigrant and refugee communities) have pushed their way onto feminist agendas. These, the most obvious examples, along with other multifaceted developments of the past few decades—uneven, ambiguous, and contradictory in their gendered effects—have generated new political spaces, obstacles, and strategic opportunities for feminist activists, advocates, and analysts.

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Pedagogical Practice Gender Norm Social Transformation Feminist Politics Critical Pedagogy 
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