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Title:Gender, Political Participation and the Transformation of Associational Life in Uganda and Tanzania
Author:Tripp, Aili M.ISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review
Geographic terms:Uganda
women's organizations
Women's Issues
Politics and Government
Sex Roles
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/525115
Abstract:In Uganda and Tanzania, the continued pursuit of political liberalization which started in the 1990s is threatened by sectarianism. This essay examines concurrent developments that provide bases for institutional change that might serve as alternatives to a political, economic and social order based on sectarianism. Research on the informal economy in Tanzania (1987-1988) and currently on women's associations in Uganda (1992 to the present) suggests one area where one finds such crosscutting tendencies: in the emergence of new women's urban associations in the late 1980s. There are two main reasons why women's groups, in particular, serve this purpose. One has to do with the fact that women of diverse backgrounds have found themselves sharing common interests in fighting for greater inclusiveness in the current process of political liberalization, having historically been left out of formal politics. The second reason has to do with the deepening economic crisis. First, this essay shows that these associations are not based on ethnicity or religion in the urban context. A second purpose of the essay is to reexamine the utility of the concept of 'civil society' in non-Western contexts. Bibliogr., notes, ref.