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Revista Estudos Feministas

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LIMA, Michelle da Silva. Cooperative: a female experience in the art of producing success. Rev. Estud. Fem. [online]. 2012, vol.20, n.1, pp. 209-232. ISSN 0104-026X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-026X2012000100012.

In this paper I seek to examine ways of women mobilization in a working class Housing Cooperative. The cooperative under study had financial and technical support from an NGO, which helped to organize it through family workforce for self-construction. The cooperative proposed as a new form of political and economic organization of society invests in the power of collective articulation accumulated in the history of the working classes. When updating important socio-cultural principles, like the spirit of solidarity and articulation of the sociability network, the women members began to participate in traditionally masculine tasks and to exercise a subtle and creative leadership, giving a specific sense of collectiveness to the group of families.

Keywords : Cooperative; Working Class; Gender Relations; Female Leadership.

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