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A Companion to Feminist Geography captures the breadth and diversity of this vibrant and substantive field.

  • Shows how feminist geography has changed the landscape of geographical inquiry and knowledge since the 1970s.
  • Explores the diverse literatures that comprise feminist geography today.
  • Showcases cutting-edge research by feminist geographers.
  • Charts emerging areas of scholarship, such as the body and the nation.
  • Contributions from 50 leading international scholars in the field.
  • Each chapter can be read for its own distinctive contribution.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A kaleidoscopic presentation of the riches of feminist geography,revealing at every turn the breadth of its theoreticalperspectives, the variety of its objects of inquiry, and the reachof its methodologies. At once poetic, polemical and rigorous, theCompanion to Feminist Geography cross-cuts contemporary feministresearch at all scales with historiographies of feminist thought inthe field. With chapters by a truly international group of authors,this anthology inscribes feminist geography at the heart of thediscipline as it makes the vitality of geographic thought vivid notonly for other fields but for a range of political movements aswell." Cindi Katz, Graduate Centre, City University of NewYork

"Though each of the essays can be read for its own distinctivecontribution, the anthology as a whole is designed to provide amosaic of feminist geography for both scholars and students."Reference and Research Book News, Vol 20/1, Feb 2005

"An extensive resource written by influential feminist thinkersand practitioners...All Blackwell Companions are relevant toacademics, researchers and students in their disciplines andbeyond, but this volume on feminist geography will have moregeneral appeal" Reference Reviews

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Meet the Author

Lise Nelson is Assistant Professor of Geography at theUniversity of Oregon, where she teaches courses on globalization,politics, and gender in Latin America and the United States. She iscurrently completing a book, Women Defending the Plaza: Gender,Citizenship and the Politics of Place.

Joni Seager is Dean of the Faculty of EnvironmentalStudies at York University in Toronto. She is the co-founder of afeminist environmental NGO, the “Committee on Women,Population, and Environment.” Her previous publicationsinclude The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World (2003) andPutting Women in Place (co-author, 2001).

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xviii

1 Introduction 1
Lise Nelson and Joni Seager

Part I Contexts 13

2 Situating Gender 15
Liz Bondi and Joyce Davidson

3 Anti-racist Feminism in Geography: An Agenda for Social Action32
Audrey Kobayashi

4 A Bodily Notion of Research: Power, Difference, andSpecificity in Feminist Methodology 41
Pamela Moss

5 Transnational Mobilities and Challenges 60
Brenda S. A. Yeoh

Part II Work 75

6 Feminist Analyses of Work: Rethinking the Boundaries,Gendering, and Spatiality of Work 77
Kim England and Victoria Lawson

7 Shea Butter, Globalization, and Women of Burkina Faso 93
Marlène Elias and Judith Carney

8 Working on the Global Assembly Line 109
Altha J. Cravey

9 From Migrant to Immigrant: Domestic Workers Settle inVancouver, Canada 123
Geraldine Pratt in collaboration with the Philippine WomenCentre

10 Borders, Embodiment, and Mobility: Feminist Migration Studiesin Geography 138
Rachel Silvey

11 The Changing Roles of Female Labor in Economic Expansion andDecline: The Case of the Istanbul Clothing Industry 150
Ayda Eraydýn and Asuman Turkun-Erendil

12 Female Labor in Sex Trafficking: A Darker Side ofGlobalization 166
Vidyamali Samarasinghe

13 Changing the Gender of Entrepreneurship 179
Susan Hanson and Megan Blake

14 Gender and Empowerment: Creating “Thus Far and NoFurther” Supportive Structures. A Case from India 194
Saraswati Raju

Part III City 209

15 Feminist Geographies of the “City”: MultipleVoices, Multiple Meanings 211
Valerie Preston and Ebru Ustundag

16 Spaces of Change: Gender, Information Technology, and NewGeographies of Mobility and Fixity in the Early Twentieth-centuryInformation Economy 228
Kate Boyer

17 Gender and the City: The Different Formations of Belonging242
Tovi Fenster

18 Urban Space in Plural: Elastic, Tamed, Suppressed 257
Hille Koskela

19 Daycare Services Provision for Working Women in Japan271
Kamiya Hiroo

20 Organizing from the Margins: Grappling with“Empowerment” in India and South Africa 291
Richa Nagar and Amanda Lock Swarr

21 Moving beyond “Gender and GIS” to a FeministPerspective on Information Technologies: The Impact of Welfare Reform on Women’s IT Needs 305
Melissa R. Gilbert and Michele Masucci

22 Women Outdoors: Destabilizing the Public/Private Dichotomy322
Phil Hubbard

Part IV Body 335

23 Situating Bodies 337
Robyn Longhurst

24 Bodies, State Discipline, and the Performance of Gender in aSouth African Women’s Prison 350
Teresa Dirsuweit

25 HIV/AIDS Interventions and the Politics of the AfricanWoman’s Body 363
Kawango Agot

26 British Pakistani Muslim Women: Marking the Body, Marking theNation 379
Robina Mohammad

27 Transversal Circuits: Transnational Sexualities and Trinidad398
Jasbir Kaur Puar

Part V Environment 417

28 Listening to the Landscapes of Mama Tingo: From the“Woman Question” in Sustainable Development to Feminist Political Ecology in Zambrana–Chacuey, DominicanRepublic 419
Dianne Rocheleau

29 Gender Relations beyond Farm Fences: Reframing the SpatialContext of Local Forest Livelihoods 434
Anoja Wickramasinghe

30 The New Species of Capitalism: An Ecofeminist Comment onAnimal Biotechnology 445
Jody Emel and Julie Urbanik

31 Siren Songs: Gendered Discourses of Concern for Sea Creatures458
Jennifer Wolch and Jin Zhang

32 Geographic Information and Women’s Empowerment: ABreast Cancer Example 486
Sara McLafferty

33 Performing a “Global Sense of Place”:Women’s Actions for Environmental Justice 496
Giovanna Di Chiro

Part VI State/Nation 517

34 Feminist Political Geographies 519
Eleonore Kofman

35 Gender, Race, and Nationalism: American Identity and EconomicImperialism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century 534
Mona Domosh

36 Virility and Violation in the US “War onTerrorism” 550
Matthew G. Hannah

37 Feminist Geopolitics and September 11 565
Jennifer Hyndman

38 Love for Sale: Marketing Gay Male P/Leisure Space inContemporary Cape Town, South Africa 578
Glen S. Elder

39 Women’s Struggles for Sustainable Peace inPost-conflict Peru: A Feminist Analysis of Violence and Change590
Maureen Hays-Mitchell

Index 607

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