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A Jumble of NeedsWomen's Activism and Neoliberalism in the Colonias of the Southwest$
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Rebecca Dolhinow

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650576

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650576.001.0001

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Empowerment and Politicization in the Colonias

Empowerment and Politicization in the Colonias

(p.141) Chapter 3 Empowerment and Politicization in the Colonias
A Jumble of Needs

Rebecca Dolhinow

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the results of women activism in the colonias. In these communities, women’s leadership produces physical improvements, a greater sense of community, personal growth for those involved, and new forms of governance through their involvement with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). The products of women’s leadership are important because they present a concrete and material site from which to examine the daily workings of activism in the colonias. Once women’s leadership is better understood, it will be possible to propose ways to integrate progressive social change with material change in the colonias.

Keywords:   women activism, colonias, women’s leadership, nongovernmental organizations, progressive social change, material change

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