Mapping Women, Mapping Politics: Feminism and Political Geography

Mapping Women, Mapping Politics: Feminism and Political Geography

Mapping Women, Mapping Politics: Feminism and Political Geography

Mapping Women, Mapping Politics: Feminism and Political Geography


Mapping Women, Making Politicsdemonstrates the multiple ways in which gender influences political processes and the politics of space. The book begins by addressing feminism's theoretical and conceptual challenges to traditional political geography and than applies these perspectives to a range of settings and topics including nationalism, migration, development, international relations, elections, social movements, governance and the environment in the Global North and South.


This book emerged out of years of discussion among feminists who are interested in political geography. Many of us noted with excitement the research by feminists that cast politics and political geography in a new light. We were thrilled to read the research but were puzzled and somewhat troubled by the sense that feminist perspectives had not been recognized by many in the field. A series of panels at the annual meetings of the Association of American Geographers in Pittsburgh convinced us it was time to highlight feminism's contributions to the subdiscipline. Mapping Women, Making Politics: Feminist Perspectives on Political Geography is an attempt to recognize the breadth and vitality of feminist contributions in this field. We hope that this volume goes some way to demonstrate the ways in which fundamental concepts within political geography are enriched-and in many ways unsettled-by feminist perspectives.

We wish to thank several people who made this collection possible. First and foremost, of course, are those feminists who have brought their perspectives to bear on pressing political issues, demonstrating both the importance of gender in shaping political issues and ideas and the role of feminism in helping to make sense of them. We believe the authors in this volume have played an important role in highlighting those contributions. We also thank David McBride, acquisitions editor at Routledge, for his enthusiasm for the project and his patience as we confronted numerous delays. Finally, we thank Sugandha Brooks for her assistance in putting together the book, working her way through references, computer glitches, and the inevitable confusion of compiling so many chapters with editors and contributors from different places.

Lynn A. Staeheli, Boulder, Colorado

Eleonore Kofman, London

Linda Peake, Toronto

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