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A Companion to Feminist Geography

Lise Nelson (Editor), Joni Seager (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-3736-2
340 pages
April 2008, 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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Notes on Contributors.

1 Introduction: Lise Nelson and Joni Seager.

Part I: Contexts.

2 Situating Gender: Liz Bondi and Joyce Davidson.

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

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

5 Transnational Mobilities and Challenges: Brenda Yeoh.

Part II: Work.

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

7 Shea Butter, Globalization and Women of Burkina Faso: Judith Carney and Marlene Elias.

8 Working on the Global Assembly Line: Altha Cravey.

9 From Migrant to Immigrant: Domestic Workers Settle in Vancouver Canada: Geraldine Pratt.

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

11 The Changing Roles of Female Labour in Economic Prosperity and Decline: The Case of Istanbul Manufacturing Industry: Adya Eraydin and Asuman Erendil.

12 Female Labor in Sex Trafficking: The Darker Side of Globalization: Vidya Samarasinghe.

13 The Changing Gender of Entrepreneurship: Susan Hanson and Megan Blake.

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

Part III City/ Built Environments/ Community.

15 Feminist Geographies of the ‘City’: Multiple Voices, Multiple Meanings: 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: Kate Boyer.

17 Gender and the city: The different formations of belonging: Tovi Fenster.

18 Urban space in plural: elastic, tamed, suppressed: Hille Koskela.

19 Day care services provision for working women in Japan: Hiroo Kamiya.

20 Organizing from the margins: Grappling with “Empowerment” in India and South Africa: 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: Melissa Gilbert and Michele Masucci.

22 Women outdoors: Destabilizing the public/private dichotomy: Phil Hubbard.

Part IV Body/ Identities.

23 Situating Bodies: Robyn Longhurst.

24 Geographies of Carceral Institutions: Violence and Masculinity in a South African Women’s Prison: Teresa Dirsuweit.

25 HIV / AIDS Interventions and the Politics of the African Woman’s Body: Kawango Argot.

26 Marking the Nation: Women’s Dress, Visibility and Presence, the Case of Pakistani Muslim Women: Robina Mohammad.

27 Transversal Circuits: Transnational Sexualities and Trinidad: Jasbir Puar.

Part V: Nature/ Environment.

28 Listening to the landscapes of Mama Tingo: from the “woman question” in sustainable development to feminist political ecology in Zambrana - Chacuey, Dominican Republic: Dianne Rocheleau.

29 Gender relations beyond farm fences: Reframing the Spatial Context of Local Forest Livelihoods: Anoja Wickramasinghe.

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

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

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

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

Part VI: State/ Nation/Public Power.

34 Feminist Political Geographies: Eleonore Kofman.

35 Gender, Race and Nationalism: American Identity and Economic Imperialism at the Turn of the 19th Century: Mona Domosh.

36 Virility and violation in the U.S. “War on terrorism”: Matthew Hannah.

37 Feminist geopolitics and 9/11: Jennifer Hyndman.

38 Love for Sale: Marketing Gay Male P/leisure space in contemporary Cape Town, South Africa: Glen Elder.

39 Reconstructing Lives, Reconciling Society: A Feminist Analysis of Political Initiatives Undertaken by Marginalized Women in Post-Civil War Peru: Maureen Hays-Mitchell

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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.
See More
"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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