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

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

by Cynthia Enloe
 

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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

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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).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520069855
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
01/11/1990
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.38(w) x 8.50(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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