The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire / Edition 1

The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire / Edition 1

by Cynthia Enloe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520243811

ISBN-13: 9780520243811

Pub. Date: 12/15/2004

Publisher: University of California Press

In this collection of lively essays, Cynthia Enloe makes better sense of globalization and international politics by taking a deep and personal look into the daily realities in a range of women's lives. She proposes a distinctively feminist curiosity that begins with taking women seriously, especially during this era of unprecedented American influence. This means

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In this collection of lively essays, Cynthia Enloe makes better sense of globalization and international politics by taking a deep and personal look into the daily realities in a range of women's lives. She proposes a distinctively feminist curiosity that begins with taking women seriously, especially during this era of unprecedented American influence. This means listening carefully, digging deep, challenging assumptions, and welcoming surprises. Listening to women in Asian sneaker factories, Enloe reveals, enables us to bring down to earth the often abstract discussions of the global economy. Paying close attention to Iraqi women's organizing efforts under military occupation exposes the false global promises made by officials. Enloe also turns the beam of her inquiry inward.
In a series of four candid interviews and a new set of autobiographical pieces, she reflects on the gradual development of her own feminist curiosity. Describing her wartime suburban girlhood and her years at Berkeley, she maps the everyday obstacles placed on the path to feminist consciousness—and suggests how those obstacles can be identified and overcome.

The Curious Feminist shows how taking women seriously also challenges the common assumption that masculinities are trivial factors in today's international affairs. Enloe explores the workings of masculinity inside organizations as diverse as the American military, a Serbian militia, the UN, and Oxfam. A feminist curiosity finds all women worth thinking about, Enloe claims. She suggests that we pay thoughtful attention to women who appear complicit in violence or in the oppression of others, or too cozily wrapped up in their relative privilege to inspire praise or compassion. Enloe's vitality, passion, and incisive wit illuminate each essay. The Curious Feminist is an original and timely invitation to look at global politics in an entirely different way.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520243811
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
12/15/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
367
Sales rank:
799,020
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.13(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : being curious about our lack of feminist curiosity1
1The surprised feminist13
2Margins, silences, and bottom rungs : how to overcome the underestimation of power in the study of international relations19
3The globetrotting sneaker43
4Daughters and generals in the politics of the globalized sneaker57
5Whom do you take seriously?69
6Feminist theorizing from Bananas to Maneuvers : a conversation between Cynthia Enloe and Marysia Zalewski83
7All the men are in the militias, all the women are victims : the politics of masculinity and femininity in nationalist wars99
8Spoils of war119
9Masculinity as a foreign policy issue122
10"What if they gave a war ..." : a conversation between Cynthia Enloe, Vivian Stromberg, and the editors of Ms. magazine131
11Sneak attack : the militarization of U.S. culture145
12War planners rely on women : thoughts from Tokyo148
13Feminists keep their eyes on militarized masculinity : wondering how Americans see their male presidents152
14Becoming a feminist : Cynthia Enloe in conversation with three British international relations scholars155
15Women after wars : puzzles and warnings from Vietnam193
16Demilitarization - or more of the same? : feminist questions to ask in the postwar moment217
17A feminist map of the blocks on the road to institutional accountability233
18When feminists look at masculinity and the men who wage war : a conversation between Cynthia Enloe and Carol Cohn237
19Updating the gendered empire : where are the women in occupied Afghanistan and Iraq?268
A war without white hats309
Playing guns311
Hitler is a jerk312
Leaden soldiers313
Gurkhas wear wool314
The cigarette316

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