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Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs By Lorraine Bayard de Volo

Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs
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Such "mobilizing identitiespropelled women into unprecedented levels of collective action, yet at the same time channeled them away from feminist priorities.
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Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs: Gender Identity Politics in Nicaragua, 1979-1999 by Lorraine Bayard de Volo

How did a group of overwhelmingly poor, older women in a third-world country emerge to become a powerful force in their country's politics? Founded during the Nicaraguan revolution, the Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs of Matagalpa comprises women who supported the revolution but did not carry guns; who, in their words, gave up their loved ones to the struggle. In this book Lorraine Bayard de Volo focuses on this group to reveal what she calls "the dominant but rarely examined maternal identity politics of revolution, war, and democratization." Dividing Nicaraguan politics (1979-99) into four periods, Bayard de Volo uses both macro- and micro-levels of analysis to capture the dialectical relationship between large-scale political processes and the "micropolitics" of collective action. She shows how Sandinistas and anti-Sandinistas mobilized both mothers and maternal imagery and in turn analyzes how this imagery was adopted and manipulated by the Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs. Employing a feminist Gramscian approach to address the gendered nature of cultural politics and collective identity, the author shows how, in the battle to capture Nicaraguan hearts and minds, both sides relied primarily on maternal images of women. Such "mobilizing identities" propelled women into unprecedented levels of collective action, yet at the same time channeled them away from feminist priorities.

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Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs Reviews


[A]n extremely insightful and engaging book... an analysis of a rich case study that will be of interest to anyone working on social movements, identity politics, revolution, democratization, or war. -- Suzanne Dovi Perspectives on Political Science Bayard de Volo's study is both an analysis of the symbolic and discursive deployment of motherhood, and a history of an organization's trajectory over almost two decades... In filling a gap in the literature on women and revolution, it will add to the ongoing debates over motherist movements and female collective action. -- Maxine Molyneux Hispanic American Historical Review Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs draws upon field research in Nicaragua during 1992-93 and extensive open-ended interviews with the most active members of the pro-Sandinista Committee of Mothers of heroes and Martyrs of Matagalpa... Bayard de Volo's research... fills an important void in the literature on women in politics. -- Waltraud Queiser Morales Perspectives on Politics 2003 This book is rich in detail and description, making it one of the best analyses of maternal gender politics in Nicaragua to date. -- Amy Lind American Journal of Sociology 2003

About Lorraine Bayard de Volo


Lorraine Bayard de Volo is an assistant professor in the departments of political science and women's studies at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

Table of Contents


Contents: Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations Introduction Chapter 1: "We Want a Free Country for Our Children," 1977-1984 Chapter 2: Movement as Symbol: The Mothers of Matagalpa, 1979-1984 Chapter 3: The Priorities of War: Deferring Feminism, (Re) drafting Motherhood, 1984-1990 Chapter 4: The Latent and the Visible: The Mothers of Matagalpa in Two Dimensions, 1984-1990 Chapter 5: From a War of Bullets to a War of the Stomach: Discursive and Organizational Strategies and Regime Transition. 1990-1994 Chapter 6: Testing the Limits of Maternal Identity: Regime Change and Expanded Membership, 1990-1994 Chapter 7: Voice, Agency, and Identity: Counting the Mixed Blessings of Revolution and Maternal Identity Politics Conclusion Appendix Notes Bibliography Index

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GOR010514356
Mothers of Heroes and Martyrs: Gender Identity Politics in Nicaragua, 1979-1999 by Lorraine Bayard de Volo
Lorraine Bayard de Volo
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Johns Hopkins University Press
2001-10-12
320
0801867649
9780801867644
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