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Introduction

The papers in this volume (with a few exceptions) were presented at a conference held in April 1995. Jointly organized by the Rutgers University Institute for Research on Women and the Institute for Advanced Study's School of Social Science, with funding from the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations and the American Council of Learned Societies, the conference was called "Transitions, Environments, Translations: The Meaning of Feminism in Contemporary Politics." In the course of three days, scholars and scholar-activists from many parts of the world presented information, compared their situations, and analyzed one another's premises-engaging in the kind of hard thinking and sustained debate that distinguishes academic work at its best.