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InBetween Woman and Nation
constructions such as nationalism, homeland, country, region, and locality are for the first time examined in the context of gender. The contributorsandmdash;leading scholars of ethnicity, transnationalism, globalization, and feminist theoryandmdash;are united in their determination to locate and describe the performative space of interactions between woman and nation. These are interactions, claim the contributors, that cannot be essentialized.
and#9;This interdisciplinarily collection investigates women in diverse localesandmdash;ranging from Quebec to Beirut. The contributors consider such subjects as Yucatan feminism, Islamic fundamentalisms, Canadian gender formations, historic Chicana/o struggles, and Israeli/Palestinian conflicts. Divided into three parts, the collection first examines constructions of nationalism and communities whose practices complicate these constructions. The second section discusses regulations of particular nation-states and how they affect the lives of women, while the third presents studies of transnational identity formation, in which contributors critique ideas such as andldquo;multicultural nationalismandrdquo; and andldquo;global feminism.andrdquo; Arguing provocatively that such movements and concepts inadequately represent womenandrsquo;s interests, contributors examine how such beliefs and their attendant organizations may actually bolster the very formations they ought to subvert.
and#9;In its demonstration of the critical possibilities of feminist alliances across discrepant and distinct material conditions, Between Woman and Nation will make a unique contribution to womenandrsquo;s studies, feminist theory, studies of globalization and transnationalism, ethnic studies, and cultural studies.
Divided into three parts, this collection attempts to describe the effect of the homeland, country, region, locality and globalization on the definition of the word "woman" in diverse places ranging from Quebec to Beirut.
A pathbreaking, cross-disciplinary collection examining the relations of gender, race, nation around the world in an effort to rethink what a non-essentialist international feminist politics could be.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -396) and index.
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“A signal contribution to our current understanding of the gendered politics of national and global economies of desire, labour, capital, and representation. Though the question of woman and/in the nation is not new, it has never before been engaged on such a scale or with such an attentiveness to diverse disciplines, media, and theoretical positions.”—Parama Roy, author of Indian Traffic: Identities in Question in Colonial and Postcolonial India“This is a superb collection, deftly edited and wonderfully argued. Individually, the contributors expand the scope of transnationality studies to include the Middle East and Latin America. The volume as a whole focuses on important analytics: gendered imaginaries in nationalism, regulatory practices, and globablized feminism. The editors’ argument for immanent critique is a useful contribution to thinking and teaching feminism in an international frame.”—Tani E. Barlow, University of Washington