S. Laurel Weldon

S. Laurel Weldon
Purdue University | Purdue

About

54
Publications
38,570
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
2,175
Citations

Publications

Publications (54)
Article
Feminist mobilization, crucial for advancing women's human rights, has increased in all world regions since 1975. However, we do not know enough about the global impact of this mobilization because we lack adequate databases to explore the ways that feminist mobilization interacts with other factors that enhance and limit women's rights, such as de...
Article
Full-text available
While solidarity lies at the heart of collective action, it is not easily achieved. Social movements are characterized not only by difference within activist ranks but also by power asymmetries that reflect broader domination and distrust. The concept of intersectional solidarity is central to contemporary social justice movements' efforts to negot...
Article
No Shortcut to Change: An Unlikely Path to a More Gender Equitable World. By Kara Ellerby. New York: NYU Press, 2017. 288p. $89.00 cloth, $30.00 paper. - Volume 17 Issue 3 - S. Laurel Weldon, Mala Htun
Article
Response to Kara Ellerby’s review of The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women’s Rights Around the World - Volume 17 Issue 3 - S. Laurel Weldon, Mala Htun
Chapter
This chapter illustrates the insights offered by feminist approaches to power. First, it very briefly compares feminist approaches to traditional approaches to power, emphasising the feminist insight that power is a relationship, not a thing, and that power is ubiquitous. Thinking about power in this way gives us a better understanding of the poten...
Article
In this essay, I argue that feminist political science contributes to our understanding of power, especially through the concept of empowerment, giving us the conceptual tools to grapple with phenomena such as the impact of feminist movements and other initiatives of marginalized groups organizing to contest inequality and oppression. These concept...
Article
This paper is a response to Shirin Rai's essay on the good life and solidarity. The paper takes up many questions about solidarity and the good life raised by Rai, and discusses issues such as strategic essentialism and intersectionality in contemporary social movements. © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press. All rights reserve...
Book
When and why do governments promote women's rights? Through comparative analysis of state action in seventy countries from 1975 to 2005, this book shows how different women's rights issues involve different histories, trigger different conflicts, and activate different sets of protagonists. Change on violence against women and workplace equality in...
Article
Full-text available
Catherine Lu’s important book argues that global justice must be conceived in structural terms, paying special attention to the way this approach applies to colonialism and its legacies. Lu shows how our states system perpetuates colonial injustice, and how deconstructing or disaggregating nation states reveal the ways that colonial legacies contin...
Article
“Critical analyses of the global financial crisis of 2008 (GFC) have neglected the ways in which structural inequalities around gender and race factor into (and indeed make possible) the current economic order. Scandalous Economics breaks new ground by arguing that an explicitly gendered approach to the GFC and its ongoing effects can help us to un...
Article
Sex discrimination in property rights, marriage and divorce, inheritance, and parenting thwarts women’s quest for equal rights, violates international conventions, and contradicts many national constitutions. While many countries have reformed family and personal status laws to promote equality, dozens continue to enforce discriminatory provisions....
Article
We can and should use a wide range of measures and methods to study institutions; we need a combination of approaches to chart such complex phenomena meaningfully. This is true for all kinds of institutions, both formal and informal. In this essay I argue that statistical methods, including large-scale cross-national analyses, can be fruitfully emp...
Article
Full-text available
Some national governments have adopted a wide variety of measures to address violence against women, including legal reform, public education campaigns, and support for shelters and rape crisis centres, but other governments have done little to confront the problem. What accounts for these differences in policy? To answer this question, we analysed...
Article
Full-text available
This paper identifies and describes two new norm-based strategies for institutional change to address intractable social problems. In both strategies, advocates foreground and criticize norms supporting the institutional status quo before either promoting an alternative existing norm via normative reframing of the issue, or creating and promoting a...
Article
Sex discrimination in property rights, marriage and divorce, inheritance, and parenting thwarts women’s quest for equal rights, violates international conventions, and contradicts many national constitutions. While many countries have reformed family and personal status laws to promote equality, dozens continue to enforce discriminatory provisions....
Article
Hahrie Han's review asks how the argument I develop in my book—that social movements can provide a form of democratic representation for marginalized groups—might be applied to movements other than women's movements and issues other than women's issues. In the book, I develop some distinctions between types of groups and types of issues as a way of...
Article
This excellent book explores how and why people participate in politics, focusing mostly on those without the educational, financial, and civic resources that enable democratic participation in the United States. How is it, Hahrie Han asks, that a large, underresourced population returned to New Orleans against great odds to vote in a mayoral elect...
Article
Full-text available
Over the past four decades, violence against women (VAW) has come to be seen as a violation of human rights and an important concern for social policy. Yet government action remains uneven. Some countries have adopted comprehensive policies to combat VAW, whereas others have been slow to address the problem. Using an original dataset of social move...
Article
Do women share interests? Seeking interests that women share is theoretically problematic and politically undesirable for feminists. Efforts to redefine interests as subjective, contingent and/or context sensitive are unsatisfying for those who want to link women's representation to the fact of their oppression, exploitation, and discrimination. Fo...
Article
Federalism seems to play a widely varying role in maintaining or undermining gender hierarchies around the world. In 1869, for example, federalism allowed Wyoming-a new state in the United States-to enfranchise women before this happened at the national level. But in Switzerland, federalism let a recalcitrant canton disenfranchise women until the 1...
Article
Examining cross-national variation in family law, we find that many countries have reformed to promote sex equality. Yet a significant group retains older laws that discriminate against women. These variations reflect the diverse institutional legacies of these societies, conforming closely—but not entirely—to inherited legal traditions: civil law,...
Book
This is a bold and exciting book. There are many fine scholars who look at women's movements, political theorists who make claims about democracy, and policy analysts who do longitudinal treatments or cross-sectional evaluations of various policies. I know of no one, aside from Weldon, who is comfortable with all three of these roles. -David Meyer,...
Article
Full-text available
This paper attempts to account for cross-national and cross-temporal patterns of government action on violence against women. Our theoretical approach focuses on the interaction between the mobilization of women’s movements and the institutional context. But, we argue, the balance of domestic and international factors varied in different regions an...
Article
Full-text available
This essay proposes a framework to analyze cross-national variation in women's legal rights. To explore the distinct logics of policy change, we disaggregate sex equality policies on two dimensions: 1) whether they improve the status of women as a group or alleviate gender-based class inequalities, and 2) whether or not they challenge the doctrine...
Article
Why do states address some forms of inequality with great effectiveness, while failing even to recognize other forms of inequality, even those that are closely related? In this project, I outline an institutionalist approach to the analysis of how gender, race and class combine to shape social policy. This approach argues that different institution...
Article
Iris Young was a wide-ranging political and social theorist whose works transformed the study of democratic theory, theories of justice, multiculturalism, nationalism, and group rights, among others—all of this in addition to her enormous contribution to feminist theory. Young left not only specific substantive legacies but also her method as a cri...
Article
The concept of intersectionality is an important contribution of feminist theory to the general endeavor of understanding society and politics. The concept is especially valuable for those scholars (such as critical theorists) who aim to critically evaluate social relations, exposing relations of domination, or “speaking truth to power.” As I expla...
Article
The abstract for this document is available on CSA Illumina.To view the Abstract, click the Abstract button above the document title.
Article
Full-text available
Women's movements are increasingly divided along lines of race, sexuality, ethnicity, and class. When such division obstructs coop-eration, women lose their most effective advocates in the public sphere. How can movements overcome these divisions and improve their influence on policy and society? In some contexts, it seems that activists are able t...
Article
Scholars of social movements and democratic political theorists have argued that “identity politics” weakens social movements and undermines their influence on public policy. I offer a theoretical argument that at least some forms of “identity politics” likely have the reverse effects. In particular, when marginalized groups organize around ascript...
Chapter
Mainstream scholars of international relations seem unwilling to incorporate the burgeoning body of feminist work into their analyses (Tickner 1997, 2001; Keohane 1997; Sylvester 1996b; Whitworth 1997; Locher and Prugl 2001). Some feminists have responded to this lack of attention with calls for inclusion (Enloe 1996; Tickner 1997; 2001; Whitworth...
Article
In this article, I develop the concept of feminist civil society, that is, the idea that women's self-organizing to further their own empowerment constitutes a sort of counter-public of women that can influence the broader, male-dominated (and raced and classed) public sphere in which it is embedded. The development of feminist civil society, parti...
Article
This paper analyzes the rhetoric and policy goals of the living wage movement. While the rhetoric focuses on workers in the context of their families, the wage levels demanded by activists and mandated by laws are almost never adequate to support families with children, especially single‐parent families. We contend the problem is a fundamental, con...
Article
The electronic version of this book has been prepared by scanning TIFF 600 dpi bitonal images of the pages of the text. Original source: Protest, policy, and the problem of violence against women : a cross-national comparison / S. Laurel Weldon.; Weldon, S. Laurel.; xiv, 287 p. ; 24 cm.; Pittsburgh, Pa. :; This electronic text file was created by O...
Article
The idea that individual members of marginalized groups provide substantive representation for the wider group rests on a problematic understanding of the relationship between individual experience and group perspective. I propose understanding group perspectives as collective products. In this view, institutional structures and social movements, n...
Article
Sex discrimination in property rights, marriage and divorce, inheritance, and parenting thwarts women’s quest for equal rights, violates international conventions, and contradicts many national constitutions. While many countries have reformed family and personal status laws to promote equality, dozens hang onto discriminatory provisions. What expl...

Network

Cited By

Projects

Projects (2)
Project
Our goal is to further develop the theoretical concept of "solidarity" in social movements through a range of case studies. We began by developing our keystone concept of "active solidarity" to explain the importance of diversity and inclusion in participation and deliberation processes, in terms of its effects on long-term cohesiveness and policy impact. From there have begun to expand out into developing a typology of different forms of solidarities exemplified by our cases.
Archived project