Gender, Identity, And Imperialism / Edition 1

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Overview

This book is an ethnographic study of a group of Western women development workers living in Gilgit, northern Pakistan. It focuses on their efforts to construct comfortable lives and identities while temporarily working abroad in this Muslim community. It also analyses the political consequences of their actions, addressing the ways in which these women perpetuate and resist unequal global power relations in their everyday lives. The author traces the legacy of many of these relations from the colonial period into the present, and provides ideas about how they can be changed to realise a more just global social reality.

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“An enjoyable and insightful read with a strong, interesting narrative. Cook provides a well-researched ethnographic study that centers on issues of migration, ethnicity and racial identity, and assimilation.”—Nupur Chaudhuri, Texas Southern University

"An ethnographic study showing how Western women living in Pakistan as international development workers built new identities." —The Times Higher Education Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403979919
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Series: Comparative Feminist Studies
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Nancy Cook is Assistant Professor of Sociology and a faculty member of the interdisciplinary graduate programs in Social Justice and Equity Studies at Brock University and Globalization at McMaster University. She is the author of several jourbanal articles published in Qualitative Sociology, Gender, Technology and Development, and ACME: An International E-Jourbanal for Critical Geographies.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Points of Arrival and Departure * Bazaar Situations
• Vulnerable and Spatialising Subjects * "Free" Travellers and Developers Navigating Boundaries
• Another One in the Oven * Conclusion: Ruptures and Recuperations?

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