Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics / Edition 2

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"I have no hesitation in describing Bananas, Beaches and Bases as the most significant book in contemporary feminist International Politics. Each time I re-visit it, I am taken aback by its profound implications for both feminism and International Politics. The deceptively provocative question at its core-'where are the women?'-irrevocably transforms our views about what the central and important landscape of global politics is. In my view, it is the essential text not only for feminist International Politics courses but for anyone interested in starting to understand just how International Politics really works."-Marysia Zalewski, author of Feminism After Postmodernism: Theorising Through Practice

"A new edition of Bananas, Beaches, and Bases is cause for cosmic good cheer. This trailblazing treatment of the gender politics of global market and military projects is a feminist classic. Always ahead of the curve, before globalization had achieved cache in academic circles Enloe was there, cajoling Western feminists out of our political parochialism. There is no more creative, insightful, engaging feminist guide to international politics. Cynthia Enloe is an international feminist treasure, and Bananas, Beaches, and Bases her signature work."-Judith Stacey, author of Brave New Families

"Bananas, Beaches, and Bases is both a 'Pandora's Box' and a roadmap: It unleashes questions and insights that many conventional students of International Politics are accustomed to ignoring or overlooking about the dynamic between gender and international political life, and it guides us to see how both are mutually constitutive. As the "magna carta" of Feminist International Relations,it has helped create a new generation of women and men in the world of international relations."-Katharine Moon, author of Sex Among Allies

"Cynthia Enloe writes with passion, conviction, intelligence and verve as she makes such good feminist sense of international politics that the world never looks quite the same again. Innovative and a great read, Bananas, Beaches and Bases continues to be an outstanding example of the difference gender makes in social analysis. This is a book which provokes discussion with students, colleagues, friends and family. It is a book which has set the standard form much that followed. A classic."-Diane Bell, author of Ngarrindjeri Wurrurwarrin: A World That Is, Was, and Will Be

"With this volume, Cynthia Enloe single-handedly carved out a major new field. Combining contemporary political insight and historical sensitivity, Bananas, Beaches and Bases revealed the gendered workings of high politics, without which the entire machinery of war, diplomacy and governance would have long since collapsed. A pioneering tour-de-force."-Philippa Levine, author of Victorian Feminism, 1850-1900

"Written in scintillating and lucid prose, this is that rare combination, an eminently readable and eminently erudite book. Enloe takes on topics usually flicked aside as too trivial for foreign policy debate-the sex tourism industry; fashions for colonial nostalgia; the lives of base women and diplomatic wives; the politics of food. . . . She shows how the male-order world of international politics could not survive a day without its structures of gender." (Women's Review of Books)

Author Biography: Cynthia Enloe is Professor of Government at Clark University and author of Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives (California, 2000), The Morning After: Sexual Politics at the End of the Cold War (California, 1993), and Does Khaki Become You? (1988).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520229129
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 1/8/2001
  • Edition description: First Edition, Updated Edition with a New Preface
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 263
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Enloe is Professor of Political Science at Clark University and is the author of many books, including Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives and The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire. Enloe won the Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement in Peace Studies Award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA).

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Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Preface to the 2000 edition xi
Preface to the 1989 edition xvii
1 Gender Makes the World Go Round 1
Where are the women? Clues from the Iran/Contra affair
Masculinity and international politics
Beyond the global victim
2 On the Beach: Sexism and Tourism 19
Foot-loose and gendered
Femininity in a world of progress
Package tours for the respectable woman
The tourism formula for development
Flight attendants and chambermaids
Sex tourism in international politics
3 Nationalism and Masculinity 42
Gendered colonialism
Hollywood and colonial nostalgia
Nationalism and the veil
Patriarchy inside the movement
The other nostalgia
4 Base Women 65
Race and sex on the unsinkable aircraft carrier
Living with the base
Greenham and sexuality
When bases move
Foreign bases in the Third World: is prostitution the issue?
AIDS, bases and the 'Pacific Rim'
5 Diplomatic Wives 93
Imperial diplomacy
The domestication of diplomacy
'Don't agonize, organize'
Wages for (diplomatic) housework
Confucian embassy politics
Third World diplomatic wives
Women as diplomats, men as spouses
Women in international organizations
6 Carmen Miranda on My Mind: International Politics of the Banana 124
'I'm Chiquita Banana and I've come to say'
Women in banana republics
Women weed, women clean
Brothels and bananas
Patriarchal land reform
7 Blue Jeans and Bankers 151
The Benetton model
The banker and the seamstress
Making women's labor cheap
'The light industry girls'
An earthquake is only the beginning
8 'Just Like One of the Family': Domestic Servants in World Politics 177
Nannies, maids and empires
Domestic servants and the IMF
'Down big yard': maids and the state
9 Conclusion: The Personal is International 195
Notes 202
Index 239
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