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A Companion to Feminist Geography

Lise Nelson (Editor), Joni Seager (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-0186-8
640 pages
December 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
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A Companion to Feminist Geography captures the breadth and diversity of this vibrant and substantive field.

  • Shows how feminist geography has changed the landscape of geographical inquiry and knowledge since the 1970s.
  • Explores the diverse literatures that comprise feminist geography today.
  • Showcases cutting-edge research by feminist geographers.
  • Charts emerging areas of scholarship, such as the body and the nation.
  • Contributions from 50 leading international scholars in the field.

  • Each chapter can be read for its own distinctive contribution.
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List of Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xviii

1 Introduction 1
Lise Nelson and Joni Seager

Part I Contexts 13

2 Situating Gender 15
Liz Bondi and Joyce Davidson

3 Anti-racist Feminism in Geography: An Agenda for Social Action 32
Audrey Kobayashi

4 A Bodily Notion of Research: Power, Difference, and Specificity in Feminist Methodology 41
Pamela Moss

5 Transnational Mobilities and Challenges 60
Brenda S. A. Yeoh

Part II Work 75

6 Feminist Analyses of Work: Rethinking the Boundaries, Gendering, and Spatiality of Work 77
Kim England and Victoria Lawson

7 Shea Butter, Globalization, and Women of Burkina Faso 93
Marlène Elias and Judith Carney

8 Working on the Global Assembly Line 109
Altha J. Cravey

9 From Migrant to Immigrant: Domestic Workers Settle in Vancouver, Canada 123
Geraldine Pratt in collaboration with the Philippine Women Centre

10 Borders, Embodiment, and Mobility: Feminist Migration Studies in Geography 138
Rachel Silvey

11 The Changing Roles of Female Labor in Economic Expansion and Decline: The Case of the Istanbul Clothing Industry 150
Ayda Eraydın and Asuman Turkun-Erendil

12 Female Labor in Sex Trafficking: A Darker Side of Globalization 166
Vidyamali Samarasinghe

13 Changing the Gender of Entrepreneurship 179
Susan Hanson and Megan Blake

14 Gender and Empowerment: Creating “Thus Far and No Further” Supportive Structures. A Case from India 194
Saraswati Raju

Part III City 209

15 Feminist Geographies of the “City”: Multiple Voices, Multiple Meanings 211
Valerie Preston and Ebru Ustundag

16 Spaces of Change: Gender, Information Technology, and New Geographies of Mobility and Fixity in the Early Twentieth-century Information Economy 228
Kate Boyer

17 Gender and the City: The Different Formations of Belonging 242
Tovi Fenster

18 Urban Space in Plural: Elastic, Tamed, Suppressed 257
Hille Koskela

19 Daycare Services Provision for Working Women in Japan 271
Kamiya Hiroo

20 Organizing from the Margins: Grappling with “Empowerment” in India and South Africa 291
Richa Nagar and Amanda Lock Swarr

21 Moving beyond “Gender and GIS” to a Feminist Perspective on Information Technologies: The Impact
of Welfare Reform on Women’s IT Needs 305
Melissa R. Gilbert and Michele Masucci

22 Women Outdoors: Destabilizing the Public/Private Dichotomy 322
Phil Hubbard

Part IV Body 335

23 Situating Bodies 337
Robyn Longhurst

24 Bodies, State Discipline, and the Performance of Gender in a South African Women’s Prison 350
Teresa Dirsuweit

25 HIV/AIDS Interventions and the Politics of the African Woman’s Body 363
Kawango Agot

26 British Pakistani Muslim Women: Marking the Body, Marking the Nation 379
Robina Mohammad

27 Transversal Circuits: Transnational Sexualities and Trinidad 398
Jasbir Kaur Puar

Part V Environment 417

28 Listening to the Landscapes of Mama Tingo: From the “Woman Question” in Sustainable Development
to Feminist Political Ecology in Zambrana–Chacuey, Dominican Republic 419
Dianne Rocheleau

29 Gender Relations beyond Farm Fences: Reframing the Spatial Context of Local Forest Livelihoods 434
Anoja Wickramasinghe

30 The New Species of Capitalism: An Ecofeminist Comment on Animal Biotechnology 445
Jody Emel and Julie Urbanik

31 Siren Songs: Gendered Discourses of Concern for Sea Creatures 458
Jennifer Wolch and Jin Zhang

32 Geographic Information and Women’s Empowerment: A Breast Cancer Example 486
Sara McLafferty

33 Performing a “Global Sense of Place”: Women’s Actions for Environmental Justice 496
Giovanna Di Chiro

Part VI State/Nation 517

34 Feminist Political Geographies 519
Eleonore Kofman

35 Gender, Race, and Nationalism: American Identity and Economic Imperialism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century 534
Mona Domosh

36 Virility and Violation in the US “War on Terrorism” 550
Matthew G. Hannah

37 Feminist Geopolitics and September 11 565
Jennifer Hyndman

38 Love for Sale: Marketing Gay Male P/Leisure Space in Contemporary Cape Town, South Africa 578
Glen S. Elder

39 Women’s Struggles for Sustainable Peace in Post-conflict Peru: A Feminist Analysis of Violence and Change 590
Maureen Hays-Mitchell

Index 607

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Lise Nelson is Assistant Professor of Geography at the University of Oregon, where she teaches courses on globalization, politics, and gender in Latin America and the United States. She is currently completing a book, Women Defending the Plaza: Gender, Citizenship and the Politics of Place.


Joni Seager is Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. She is the co-founder of a feminist environmental NGO, the “Committee on Women, Population, and Environment.” Her previous publications include The Penguin Atlas of Women in the World (2003) and Putting Women in Place (co-author, 2001).

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  • A portrait of the vibrant and substantive field of feminist geography.

  • Shows how feminist geography has changed the landscape of geographical inquiry and knowledge since the 1970s.

  • Explores the diverse literatures that comprise feminist geography today.

  • Showcases cutting-edge research by feminist geographers.

  • Charts emerging areas of scholarship, such as the body and the nation.

  • Contributions from 50 leading international scholars in the field.

  • Each chapter can be read for its own distinctive contribution.
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"A kaleidoscopic presentation of the riches of feminist geography, revealing at every turn the breadth of its theoretical perspectives, the variety of its objects of inquiry, and the reach of its methodologies. At once poetic, polemical and rigorous, the Companion to Feminist Geography cross-cuts contemporary feminist research at all scales with historiographies of feminist thought in the field. With chapters by a truly international group of authors, this anthology inscribes feminist geography at the heart of the discipline as it makes the vitality of geographic thought vivid not only for other fields but for a range of political movements as well." Cindi Katz, Graduate Centre, City University of New York

"Though each of the essays can be read for its own distinctive contribution, the anthology as a whole is designed to provide a mosaic of feminist geography for both scholars and students." Reference and Research Book News, Vol 20/1, Feb 2005

"An extensive resource written by influential feminist thinkers and practitioners...All Blackwell Companions are relevant to academics, researchers and students in their disciplines and beyond, but this volume on feminist geography will have more general appeal" Reference Reviews

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