Women's Community Activism and the Rejection of “Politics”

Martha Ackelsberg

in Women and Citizenship

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195175349
Published online October 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835775 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Feminist Philosophy

  Women's Community Activism and the Rejection of “Politics”

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Ackelsberg investigates women’s activist participation in the National Congress of Neighborhood Women (NCNW), a Brooklyn association established in 1974–75, which she treats as a model of democratic civic engagement that incorporated differences while avoiding the exclusions of the past. The NCNW assisted poor and working class women in organizing to better meet their needs and those of their communities. It arose in response to the ways women were either ignored or belittled when they attempted to engage in political work both in their communities and beyond. In working with each other, the women found that they needed to address issues of diversity. The programs they created to help build bridges across differences that helped facilitate their successful activism while, simultaneously, broadening their understanding of what constitutes “politics.”

Keywords: democracy; participation; diversity; difference; politics; community; activism; civic engagement

Chapter.  12378 words. 

Subjects: Feminist Philosophy

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