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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In this brand new radical analysis of globalization, Cynthia Enloe examines recent events—Bangladeshi garment factory deaths, domestic workers in the Persian Gulf, Chinese global tourists, and the UN gender politics of guns—to reveal the crucial role of women in international politics today.

With all new and updated chapters, Enloe describes how many women's seemingly personal strategies—in their marriages, in their housework, in their coping with ideals of beauty—are, in reality, the stuff of global politics. Enloe offers a feminist gender analysis of the global politics of both masculinities and femininities, dismantles an apparently overwhelming world system, and reveals that system to be much more fragile and open to change than we think.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520957282
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 05/16/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 945,946
File size: 6 MB

About 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).

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

1. Gender Makes the World Go Round: Where Are the Women?
2. Lady Travelers, Beauty Queens, Stewardesses, and Chamber Maids: The International Gendered Politics of Tourism
3. Nationalism and Masculinity: The Nationalist Story Is Not Over—and It Is Not a Simple Story
4. Base Women
5. Diplomatic and Undiplomatic Wives
6. Going Bananas! Where Are Women in the International Politics of Bananas?
7. Women’s Labor Is Never Cheap: Gendering Global Blue Jeans and Bankers
8. Scrubbing the Globalized Tub: Domestic Servants in World Politics
Conclusion: The Personal Is International; the International Is Personal


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