This radical analysis of globalization reveals the crucial role of women in international politics today. Cynthia Enloe pulls back the curtain on the familiar scenes—governments promoting tourism, companies moving their factories overseas, soldiers serving on foreign soil—and shows that the real landscape is not exclusively male. She describes how many women's seemingly personal strategies—in their marriages, in their housework, in their coping with ideals of beauty—are, in reality, the stuff of global politics. In exposing policymakers' reliance on false notions of "femininity" and "masculinity," Enloe dismantles an apparently overwhelming world system, revealing it to be much more fragile and open to change than we think.
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).
Cynthia Enloe won the Howard Zinn Lifetime Achievement in Peace Studies Award from the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA).
Preface to the 2000 edition
Preface to the 1989 edition
1. Gender Makes the World Go Round
2. On the Beach: Sexism and Tourism
3. Nationalism and Masculinity
4. Base Women
5. Diplomatic Wives
6. Carmen Miranda on My Mind: International Politics of the Banana
7. Blue Jeans and Bankers
8. 'Just Like One of the Family': Domestic Servants in World Politics
9. Conclusion: The Personal is International