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An Introduction to Women's Studies: Gender in a Transnational World

Magazine article Women & Environments International Magazine

An Introduction to Women's Studies: Gender in a Transnational World

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AN INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S STUDIES: GENDER IN A TRANSNATIONAL WORLD By Inderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan: New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002. CAD 73.95 paper (ISBN: 007109389X), 576 pages.

I received lnderpal Grewal and Caren Kaplan's reader, Introduction to Women's Studies: Gender in a Transnational World, last year as a gift from my professor. I was taking a course in transnational feminism (my first women's studies course) because I was interested in the phenomenon of transnationalism. I am studying the implications and effects of globalization and information technology on higher education, and I was dissatisfied with the common accounts of globalization within the literature. It is possible that my peers in the class could feel the excited tension that was building up inside of me when I was introduced to the range of subjects and methods. Now, long after the completion of the course, I consistently refer back to this reader and feel the same sense of excitement as I did when taking that class.

This reader, geared towards undergraduate students, is engaging and purposeful for a range of academic and professional work as well as everyday ways of thinking about the contemporary world. Grewal and Kaplan state in their invaluable introduction, "the goal of this introductory textbook is to encourage people to be more aware of the connections between their lives and what they learn about the rest of the world." And the truth is that the transnational world is a world in which such connections can be made. As the authors themselves explain, "to begin to think more internationally means that we learn to make connections between the lives and cultures of women in diverse places without reducing all women's experience into a common culture."

Why think about the world transnationally? Before reading this text, I was accustomed to thinking about the linkages of the world in terms of internationalism or more recently in terms of globalization. …

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