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Sustaining Activism

Jeff Rubin and Emma Sokoloff-Rubin

Thursday, April 18, 2013 - 12:00pm
CMU 202

Sustaining Activism: A Brazilian Women's Movement and a Father-Daughter Collaboration

Communications 202 - Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013 - 12:00 PM

In 1986, a group of young Brazilian women started a movement to secure economic rights for rural women and transform women's roles in their homes and communities. Together with activists across the country, they built a new democracy in the wake of a military dictatorship. In "Sustaining Activism," Jeffrey W. Rubin and Emma Sokoloff-Rubin tell the behind-the-scenes story of this remarkable movement. As a father-daughter team, they describe the challenges of ethnographic research and the way their collaboration gave them a unique window into a fiery struggle for equality. Highlighting the tensions within the movement about how best to effect change,"Sustaining Activism" ultimately shows that democracies need social movements in order to improve people’s lives and create a more just society.