Fighting for NOW : diversity and discord in the National Organization for Women / Kelsy Kretschmer.

A new wave of feminist energy has swept the globe since 2016--from women's marches and the #MeToo movement to transwomen's inclusion and exclusion in feminism and participation in institutional politics. Amid all this, an organization declared dead or dying for thirty years--the National Organizatio...

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Main Author: Kretschmer, Kelsy (Author)
Language:English
Published: Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, [2019]
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Physical Description:xi, 180 pages ; 22 cm
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505 0 |a Feminist organizations: stability versus creativity? -- Bureaucracies, boundaries, and splitting -- Breaking at the roots: local schism in NOW -- Sticking at the top: national factionalism and the choice to stay -- Fracturing task forces -- Splitting satellites: non-profit status and schism in social movements -- Conclusion: schisms aren't always bad. 
520 |a A new wave of feminist energy has swept the globe since 2016--from women's marches and the #MeToo movement to transwomen's inclusion and exclusion in feminism and participation in institutional politics. Amid all this, an organization declared dead or dying for thirty years--the National Organization for Women--has seen a membership boom. NOW presents an intriguing puzzle for scholars and activists alike. Considered one of the most stable organizations in the feminist movement, it has experienced much conflict and schism. Scholars have long argued that factionalism is the death knell of organizations, yet NOW continues to thrive despite internal conflicts. Fighting for NOW seeks to better understand how bureaucratic structures like NOW's simultaneously provide stability and longevity, while creating space for productive and healthy conflict among members. Kelsy Kretschmer explores these ideas through an examination of conflict in NOW's local chapters, its task forces and committees, and its satellite groups. NOW's history provides evidence for three basic arguments: bureaucratic groups are not insulated from factionalism; they are important sites of creativity and innovation for their movements; and schisms are not inherently bad for movement organizations. Hence, Fighting for NOW is in stark contrast to conventional scholarship, which has conceptualized factionalism as organizational failure. It also provides one of the few book-length explorations of NOW's trajectory, from its founding to the modern context. --  |c back cover. 
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