Chinese feminism faces globalization by Sharon Wesoky

By Sharon Wesoky

Interpreting chinese language household in addition to overseas conditions surrounding the emergence of an self sufficient women's circulate in Beijing within the Nineties, this booklet seeks to provide an explanation for how this type of circulate may have arisen after the repression of scholar activists in Tiananmen sq. in 1989. It additionally locations this emergence within the context of theories of social routine, civil society and globalization.

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198). In Snow and Benford's definition, "framing" can be seen as fundamentally occurring on two levels. " An important part of this is the creation of "collective identity" among movement participants. " This is fundamentally related to the ways that movements adapt and change social, cultural, and political meanings in efforts to ameliorate social problems. The first aspect of framing, creating collective identity, is evident in Klandermans's view that protest is "socially constructed"-its meanings are formulated within social contexts, not by individuals in isolation (Klanderrnans 1992).

Keck and Sikkink (1998) note the importance of "information politics" to their view of transnational advocacy networks, finding that governments can no longer contain or control the circulation of information. With respect to the Chinese women's movement, both activists and the state learned from contact with the international women's movement, and this learning was part of the evolution of a more cooperative relationship between the movement and the state, as well as widely expanded discursive forms.

Ironically, the concept whose initial inspiration was provided to Lipsky by thinking about opening and closing within communist systems has rarely been applied to non-democratic or communist systems. Some usages of the concept of POS do, however, point out that there can be differences in how social movements mobilize in different political systems. Tarrow notes that "repressive states depress collective action of a conventional and a confrontational sort, but leave themselves open to unobtrusive mobilization; a signal for solidarity that becomes a resource when opportunities arise" (Tarrow 1994, p.

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