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By Maple Razsa

Bastards of Utopia, the spouse to a function documentary movie of a similar identify, explores the stories and political mind's eye of younger radical activists within the former Yugoslavia, contributors in what they name alterglobalization or "globalization from below." Ethnographer Maple Razsa follows person activists from the transnational protests opposed to globalization of the early 2000s in the course of the Occupy encampments. His portrayal of activism is either empathetic and unflinching―an engaged, stylish meditation at the fight to re-imagine leftist politics and the ability of a country's adolescence.

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Why South-east Asian women? Who cares? My attempts to secure a book contract met with similar disinterest until Joel Spring and my editor Naomi Silverman at Lawrence Erlbaum had the political insights to support and stand behind this project. In an increasingly global economic, cultural, and educational environment, the “far east” is no longer far or east in traditional modernist terms. Most of the women in this study are not on the outer fringes of global circuits of intellectual exchange or institutional networking but very much a part of the “new” local and regional cosmopolitanism.

Nearly a decade later, this observation remains accurate, as evidenced in the significant body of scholarship and case study research published in the last 10 years. Numerically, women’s participation has increased across the sector and position classifications in western and some newly industrializing countries. However, the largest increases for women have been in more junior, untenured, and part-time positions, where they often outnumber men. In a study of academic women in the United Kingdom, Ann Brooks (1997) notes a substantial increase of 143% in women’s professorial appointments over the decade 1981–91, but the actual “numbers of academic women compared to academic men remain small” (p.

And less than modest publication records. Some of Page xvi them golfed together on Fridays or belonged to the same church. It wasn’t until some years later, with a starter package of academic capital under my belt, that I started heading out to conferences at urban universities. Those early forays into the academic mainstream confirmed my sense of the colonial outpost mentality and culture of my own university. In 1989, a new department head was appointed who changed my life. I was relieved of my heavy teaching load to write and publish and was supported for promotion and tenure.

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