Power Lines: On the Subject of Feminist Alliances

Power Lines: On the Subject of Feminist Alliances

by Aimee Carrillo Rowe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822343177

ISBN-13: 9780822343172

Pub. Date: 09/25/2008

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

Like the complex systems of man-made power lines that transmit electricity and connect people and places, feminist alliances are elaborate networks that have the potential to provide access to institutional power and to transform relations. In Power Lines, Aimee Carrillo Rowe explores the formation and transformative possibilities of transracial feminist

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Like the complex systems of man-made power lines that transmit electricity and connect people and places, feminist alliances are elaborate networks that have the potential to provide access to institutional power and to transform relations. In Power Lines, Aimee Carrillo Rowe explores the formation and transformative possibilities of transracial feminist alliances. She draws on her conversations with twenty-eight self-defined academic feminists, who reflect on their academic careers, alliances, feminist struggles, and identifications. Based on those conversations and her own experiences as an Anglo-Chicana queer feminist researcher, Carrillo Rowe investigates when and under what conditions transracial feminist alliances in academia work or fail, and how close attention to their formation provides the theoretical and political groundwork for a collective vision of subjectivity.

Combining theory, criticism, and narrative nonfiction, Carrillo Rowe develops a politics of relation that encourages the formation of feminist alliances across racial and other boundaries within academia. Such a politics of relation is founded on her belief that our subjectivities emerge in community; our affective investments inform and even create our political investments. Thus experience, consciousness, and agency must be understood as coalitional rather than individual endeavors. Carrillo Rowe’s conversations with academic feminists reveal that women who restrict their primary allies to women of their same race tend to have limited notions of feminism, whereas women who build transracial alliances cultivate more nuanced, intersectional, and politically transformative feminisms. For Carrillo Rowe, the institutionalization of feminism is not so much an achievement as an ongoing relational process. In Power Lines, she offers a set of critical, practical, and theoretical tools for building and maintaining transracial feminist alliances.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822343172
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
09/25/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface: Color in My Lines xi

Introduction: On the Subject of Feminist Alliances 1

1. Be Longing: Toward a Feminist Politics of Relation 25

2. Bridge Inscriptions: Toward a Methodology of Feminist Alliances 47

3. "Women" on the Inside: Whiteness, Heterosociality, and the Subject of Feminist Alliances 93

4. Zero-Sum Feminism: On the Interface between "Feminism" and "Alliances" 129

5. Power Lines: Toward a Feminism of Radical Belonging 179

Epilogue: Pilgrimage 199

Appendix A: Solicitation Letter 201

Appendix B: Interview Questions 202

Notes 205

Works Cited 227

Index 243

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