Women's Studies Quarterly

Articles from Vol. 34, No. 1/2, Spring

3: Value Acquisition
a treasured lack oflightis presented with long-term justice.the money's already gone.the system is a splinterbeneath fingernails.we have poweredelectrical grids andwater networks.the tribe's numbersare declining, a world of richness,density of sound,...
Against Empire: Feminisms, Racism, and the West/the Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire
AGAINST EMPIRE: FEMINISMS, RACISM, AND THE WEST, BY ZILLAH EISENSTEIN, MElBOUKNE: SPINIFEX PRESS; LONDON/NEW YORK: ZED BOOKS, 2004THE CURIOUS FEMINIST: SEARCHING FOR WOMEN IN A NEW AGE OF EMPIRE, BY CYNTHIA ENLOE, BERKELEY AND LOS ANGELES: UNIVERSITY...
"At Risk"? the Fed Up Honeys Re-Present the Gentrification of the Lower East Side
I was standing behind, I was walking down Columbia or something, and there were these three white frat boys in front of me and they were like (she imitates their voices) "Look at these people they totally don't understand like the value of the space...
Camp All-American, Hanoi Jane, and the High-and-Tight: Gender, Folklore, and Changing Military Culture/gender, Conflict, and Peacekeeping
CAMP ALL-AMERICAN, HANOI JANE, AND THE HIGH-AND-TIGHT: GENDER, FOLKLORE, AND CHANGING MILITARY CULTURE, BY CAROL BURKE, BOSTON: BEACON PRESS, 2004GENDER, CONFLICT, AND PEACEKEEPING, EDITED BY DYAN MAZURANA, ANGELA RAVEN-ROBERTS, AND JANE PARPART, OXFORD:...
Code Pink Women for Peace
CODEPINKTO: The Readers of WSQFROM: Nancy Kricorian, Coordinator, CodePink Women for Peace, New York City ChapterRE: The War In IraqDear Women,CodePink Women for Peace is a women-initiated, grassroots peace and social justice movement that started at...
Colonial Pedagogies of Passing: Literature and the Reproduction of Frenchness
Free, compulsory, secular: these adjectives have been a hallmark of French schooling since the Third Republic. Yet while republican educational policies were developed as a means to implement the ideals of the French Revolution, they have not always...
Complicities of Western Feminism
For a scholar situated ambiguously vis-à-vis so-called Western knowledge, a sincere appreciation of this powerful and timely essay by Hester Eistenstein does not come without a vague feeling of unease. There are so many points of agreement with the essay,...
Cultures of Transnational Adoption
CULTURES OF TRANSNATIONAL ADOPTION, EDITED BY TOBY ALICE VOLKMAN, DURHAM, NC: DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2005Critical studies of adoption, long the province of psychology and social work, now appear in many disciplines as well as in the interdisciplinary...
Diaspora of Camptown: The Forgotten War's Monstrous Family
My life seemed a lot like the lives of other kids around me, but there always seemed to be this tension and anxiety, which was son of going through my family like an unhappy wind; there were silences which became part of the fabric of our daily lives....
Domicile and Diaspora: Anglo-Indian Women and the Spatial Politics of Home
DOMICILE AND DIASPORA: ANGLO-INDIAN WOMEN AND THE SPATIAL POLITICS OF HOME, BY ALISON BLUNT, OXFORD: BLACKWELL, 2005Domicile and Diaspora is the first full-scale historical account of AngloIndian women, and for this reason it is an important book. Even...
Editors' Note
"I do not know how much I differ from other people," Virginia Woolf declares toward the end of her life, in one of her rare autobiographical reflections, "A Sketch of the Past." WoolFs perplexity summarizes the memoirist's dilemma. But it also evokes...
Feminism and the Global Economy
Hester Eisenstein's essay was a delight to read. It is an insightful, honest, and timely contribution to current discussions on the meaning of feminism and its relationship to globalization. There is so much that I agree with, and I certainly share her...
Feminism as a Way of Life
If the world historic defeat of women occurred at the hands of an armed patriarchal revolt, then it is time for Amazon guerrillas to start training in the Adirondacks.By their nature, Festschrifts tend to dabble in the uncanny. An anxiety pervades the...
Feminist Approaches to the Global Intimate
INTRODUCTIONLuisa lives in a rural region of Oaxaca, Mexico, where so many men had emigrated to the United States that by the 1990s her village came to be known locally as a village of women. Like most households in the town, Luisa's is characterized...
Field Note: Ahmedabad, India
December 20, 2004. Driving through Ahmedabad's frenzied traffic: taxis, bicycles, cows, porters (barefoot) pushing wooden carts, dogs, pedestrians-at busy intersections the air is literally blue with smog. I am traveling with Vidya to the community of...
Field Note: Ciudad Juárez, Mexico
February 14, 2005, downtown Ciudad Juárez, V-Day march. Irma is sitting on the curb and smoking a cigarette. Her black tunic is bunched around her waist; her pink hat dangles from its string down her back. She is one of the Mujeres de Negro leaders (voceras);...
Field Note: Columbus, Georgia, USA
November 21, 2004, Columbus, Georgia, United States. Neris González, a Salvadoran woman, stands on stage (Fig. 1).Before her: sixteen thousand mostly "white" middle-class U.S. protesters, more than half of whom are women. Behind her: two long, tall fences...
Field Note: London, England
Summer 2005. As the soft afternoon light began to spill through the venetian-blind-lidded windows, the discussion drew to a close. I was conducting a fieldwork interview at the time with an eminent female professor, the principal investigator on one...
Field Note: Palestine
Palestine, December 2005. When I first began work in Palestine in 1998, I wanted to learn why people stayed. The following are some fragmentary field notes conveying experiences in enclosures-areas that Palestinians are forbidden to leave-and of demolition,...
Field Note: Southern Arizona, USA
United States-Mexico border, July 2005. At 6:00 a.m., Karen stopped the truck on Arivaca Road, just twelve miles north of the U.S. border with Mexico in Arizona. She had just caught a glimpse of two figures, blurred by the bright morning sunshine, emerging...
Field Note: Tangiers, Morocco
Summer 2005. I began my fieldwork in the market towns of northern Morocco in 1994 and published a study with Editions le Fennec in 1999. In 1998 I did another study, and if I can I'd like to do a third to see what changes, if any, the new king's policies,...
Globalizing Intimacy: The Role of Information and Communication Technologies in Maintaining and Creating Relationships
INTIMACY AND GLOBALIZATIONIntimacy is a specific sort of knowing, loving, and caring for a person (Jamieson 1989, 1). Growing up implicitly involves intimacy in terms of close association with one or more adults. Beyond our parents, significant others...
Globalizing Women: Transnational Feminist Networks/playing with Fire: Feminist Thought and Activism through Seven Lives in India
GLOBALIZING WOMEN: TRANSNATIONAL FEMINIST NETWORKS. BY VALENTINE M. MOGHADAM, BAlTIMOKE: JOHNS HOPKINS PRESS, 20OSPLAYING WITH FIRE: FEMINIST THOUGHT AND ACTIVISM THROUGH SEVEN LIVES IN INDIA, BY RICHA NAGAR AND THE SANGTIN WRITERS, MINNEAPOLIS: UNIVERSITY...
Growing Up Global: Economic Restructuring and Children's Everyday Lives/working Feminism
GROWING UP GLOBAL: ECONOMIC RESTRUCTURING AND CHILDREN'S EVERYDAY LIVES. BY CINDI KATZ, MINNEAPOLIS: UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA PRESS, 2004WORKING FIMINISM, BY GERALDINE PRATT, PHILADELPHIA: TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2004Like social theorists more generally,...
Imagining and Enacting a Postcapitalist Feminist Economic Politics
We, like Hester Eisenstein, have been encouraged by the resurgence of interest in "discussions about capitalism, socialism, and alternative economic systems" and by the innovative organizing energies of "those who believe that another world-a postcapitalist...
Introduction: The Global & the Intimate
In Among the Flowers, Jamaica Kincaid describes her three-week trek through Nepal. She travels with three "'plantsmen,'" a friend from the United States and two from Wales, who are collecting seeds to cultivate for sale in their respective nurseries....
Jamaica Kincaid's Practical Politics of the Intimate in My Garden(book)
My Garden(book): (1999) is a collection of essays that Jamaica Kincaid wrote for her gardening column in the New Yorker and for magazines such as Architectural Digest and Travel and Leisure. In this chronicle of Kincaid's gardening practice, she meditates...
Journey from the Land of No: A Girlhood Caught in Revolutionary Iran/lipstick Jihad: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America and American in Iran/embroideries
JOURNEY FROM THE LAND OF NO: A GIRLHOOD CAUGHT IN REVOLUTIONARY IRAN, BY ROYA HAKAKIAN, NEW YORK: THREE RIVERS PRESS, 2005LIPSTICK JIHAD: A MEMOIR OF GROWING UP IRANIAN IN AMERICA AND AMERICAN IN IRAN, BY AZADEH MOAVENI, NEW YORK: RANDOM HOUSE, 2005EMBROIDERIES,...
Locating the Global/rethinking the Local: Suffrage Politics, Architecture, and Space
Retracing the sites and spaces of the women's movement, in this essay I consider the relationship between political history and the rich material and spatial cultures of the suffrage movement in London in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.1...
Message to Legatee
I does not want to go to war. And you don't either. What does I want? I does not want to make odes. Wilfred Owen downed in elegy. Several deer appear among the tall grasses, look up and keep chewing. I wants to get down to brass tacks and trombones and...
Minor Transnationalism
MINOR TRANSNATIONALISM, EDITED BY FRANÇOISE LIONNET AND SHU-MEI SHIH, DURHAM, NC: DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2005Working against the grain of the previous decade's mainstream postcolonial theory, the collection of essays Minor Transnationalism shifts the...
Narratives and Rights: Zlata's Diary and the Circulation of Stories of Suffering Ethnicity
At this historical moment, the human rights regime is the primary global project for managing injustice and immiseration around the world (Farmer 2003,49), and life stories are at once ground and grist of rights work, rights instrumentalities, and rights...
Not Acquiescence, but Multilingual Resistance
Hester Eisenstein opens her engaging ruminations on the status of international feminism by posing a provocative rhetorical question: Has contemporary feminism become an unwitting collaborator with deadly processes of capitalist globalization? After...
Politics Is Plural
I find myself sincerely at a loss for a way to respond to Hester Eisenstein's essay; no doubt I am out of touch with U.S. feminism, but I have so much difficulty imagining a feminist world in which the readers of a women's studies journal need to be...
Pretty Girl Murdered
The scenery of Ceylon is glorious beyond words; and the women of Ceylon are as often as beautiful as their land. It was on the return voyage from Colombo to South Hampton that I had to study and enjoy one typical Singhalese beauty. . . . Mrs. De Mel...
Reading Nafisi in the West: Authenticity, Orientalism, and "Liberating" Iranian Women
The recent proliferation of memoirs by Iranian and Iranian American women coincides with an increased U.S. focus on Iran as part of the Bush administration-dubbed "axis of evil" and the military actions in Afghanistan and Iraq, which have been justified...
Response to Commentaries
I want to thank the writers of these commentaries for their deeply serious and thoughtful responses. On reflection I agree with the team of J. K. Gibson-Graham when they point out that my essay appears to undervalue the astounding achievements of feminism...
Response to "The Traffic in Women"
The girl "discovers some unpleasant information about the gender to which she is being assigned." I love the strain of sardonic humor running through Rubin's "The Traffic in Women"-understated, yet so pointed. Or this from the lead paragraph: "If innate...
''Scouting Parties and Bold Detachments": Toward a Postcapitalist Feminism
Since the early to mid-1970s the bandwagon of neoliberalism has been rolling along. . . . The 1970s saw capital's victorious counterattack on plans for a new world economic order. . . . Capital began to inflict upon the planet's face the new arrangements,...
"Security Moms" in the Early Twenty-First-Century United States: The Gender of Security in Neoliberalism
The issue of security/insecurity that pervades the United States at the beginning of the twenty-first century has led us to think about feminisms in newly urgent ways. How do we understand what is happening with feminism when feminist discourses are...
Shattering the Stereotypes: Muslim Women Speak Out/politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject/women with Mustaches, Men without Beards: Gender and Sexual Anxieties of Iranian Modernity
SHATTERING THE STEREOTYPES: MUSLIM WOMEN SPEAK OUT, EDITED BY FAWZIA AFZAL-KHAN, WITH A FOREWORD BY NAWAL El-SAADAWI, NORTHAMPTON, MA.: OLIVE BRANCH PRESS, 2005POLITICS OF PIETY: THE ISLAMIC REVIVAL AND THE FEMINIST SUBJECT, BY SABA MAHMOOD, PRINCETON:...
"Straight" Women, Queer Texts: Boy-Love Manga and the Rise of a Global Counterpublic
In recent years Japanese manga (comics) have exploded onto the North American comics market, rapidly taking over the graphic novel sections of book and comic stores and generating fans among adolescent audiences.' Most comics being translated and published...
The Intimate Economies of Bangkok: Tomboys, Tycoons, and Avon Ladies in the Global City/friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection
THE INTIMATE ECONOMIES OF BANGKOK: JOMBOYS, JYCOONS, ANO AVON LADIES IN JHE GLOBAL CITY, BY ARA WILSON, BERKELEY AND LOS ANGELES: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS, 2004FKICJION: AN EJHNOGKAPHY OF GLOBAL CONNECJION1 BY ANNA LOWENHAUPT TSING, PRINCETON:...
The Modern Girl in India in the Interwar Years: Interracial Intimacies, International Competition, and Historical Eclipsing
Cheeky, cosmopolitan, and seductive, the Indian Modern Girl made her flamboyant and very public appearance as the "worldly and wicked" sitara, or starlet, of Indian silent cinema; as an icon of commodity culture; and as the "English-educated" college...
The Native and the Diasporic: Owning America in Native American and Asian American Literatures
In ethnic American literature, the rhetoric of origins, exclusions, boundary markings, invasion, succession, purity, and contamination, critiqued as regressive by antimulticulturalists, are also frequently progressive in effect, for they provide the...
The Question of Women in Chinese Feminism
THE QUESTION OF WOMEN IN CHINESE FEMINISM, BY TANI E. BARlOW, DUKHAM, NC: DUKE UNIVERSITY PRESS, 2004Questions concerning the subject of women in Chinese feminism are conceptually as well as linguistically complex; historically constituted; nationalized...
Things of the Irretrievable Past
Sophie's hair wasn't cut short like that of my mother's other friends. She wore her hair long, and it rolled down her back in impossibly perfect waves. Her flawless beauty and gentle mannerisms were effervescent, like the rainbow of colors on fragile...
We Need Each Other: A Report on Water and Wine, a Performance in Armenia
FOREWORDWhile translating the text for my performance Water and Wine, my friend Shushan e-mailed to let me know that there was no word for drag in Armenian. It was not news to me that a concept linked to homosexuality would rarely be spoken about in...
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