Revolutionizing Feminism

Revolutionizing Feminism

by Anne E. Lacsamana


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Revolutionizing Feminism offers the first gendered analysis of the contemporary human rights crisis in the Philippines since the election of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in 2001 and the subsequent declaration of the country as the “second front” in the U.S.-led “war on terror” in 2002. During the Arroyo presidency (2001–2010) the Philippines steadily devolved into a virtual killing field with over 1,000 legal activists from across the social spectrum (peasants, union leaders, feminists, journalists, students, lawyers) murdered and hundreds more “disappeared.” Against a backdrop of instability and de facto martial law, Revolutionizing Feminism examines themes of identity, migration, militarism, and prostitution in the Philippine context. Utilizing a historical materialist analysis, this project situates Filipino women squarely within the international division of labor, making explicit the connection between the “super-exploitation” of their labor power at home and their migration abroad to over 197 countries as domestic workers, nurses, nannies, entertainers, and “mail-order brides,” marking a fundamental methodological and theoretical break from previous postcolonial and transnational feminist analyses of the subject. In contrast to the cultural turn in contemporary feminist theorizing that has steadily retreated from progressive analyses of class and class exploitation, Revolutionizing Feminism seeks to reorient prevailing modes of feminist scholarship by rehabilitating the analytical concepts of class, state, and nation to better understand the material realties of those living in an increasingly unstable, impoverished, global South.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594519406
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/28/2011
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Anne E. Lacsamana is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Hamilton College. She is the coeditor of Women and Globalization (2004) and has published several articles on global/transnational feminist theory and U.S.-Philippine relations.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1 State of Emergency: Contemporary Crisis, Historical Roots 15

2 Notes on the "Woman Question": Nationalist Feminism in the Philippines 33

3 From Balikbayans to "Supermaids": The Gendering of the Philippine Export State 51

4 Prostituted Women: Revisiting the Sex Work Debates in Feminist Theory 71

5 Empire on Trial: The Subic Rape Case and the Struggle for Philippine Women's Liberation 89

Conclusion 105

Bibliography 211

Index 123

About the Author 132

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