The Curious Feminist: Searching for Women in a New Age of Empire (Google eBook)

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University of California Press, 2004 - Social Science - 381 pages
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In this collection of lively essays, Cynthia Enloe makes better sense of globalization and international politics by taking a deep and personal look into the daily realities in a range of women's lives. She proposes a distinctively feminist curiosity that begins with taking women seriously, especially during this era of unprecedented American influence. This means listening carefully, digging deep, challenging assumptions, and welcoming surprises. Listening to women in Asian sneaker factories, Enloe reveals, enables us to bring down to earth the often abstract discussions of the global economy. Paying close attention to Iraqi women's organizing efforts under military occupation exposes the false global promises made by officials. Enloe also turns the beam of her inquiry inward. In a series of four candid interviews and a new set of autobiographical pieces, she reflects on the gradual development of her own feminist curiosity. Describing her wartime suburban girlhood and her years at Berkeley, she maps the everyday obstacles placed on the path to feminist consciousness and suggests how those obstacles can be identified and overcome. "The Curious Feminist "shows how taking women seriously also challenges the common assumption that masculinities are trivial factors in today's international affairs. Enloe explores the workings of masculinity inside organizations as diverse as the American military, a Serbian militia, the UN, and Oxfam. A feminist curiosity finds all women worth thinking about, Enloe claims. She suggests that we pay thoughtful attention to women who appear complicit in violence or in the oppression of others, or too cozily wrapped up in their relative privilege to inspire praise or compassion. Enloe's vitality, passion, and incisive wit illuminate each essay. "The Curious Feminist "is an original and timely invitation to look at global politics in an entirely different way."
  

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User Review  - Roxanne - Goodreads

If I were to create a canonical list of feminist reads about politics, war, and power, this book would be at the top. Cynthia Enloe makes me want to think smarter and kinder. Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel Smith - Goodreads

Enloe's voice in this collection of articles is amazing. She moves her audience to seriously consider what it means to be curious and to take a second (or third) look at the world around it. Here are ... Read full review

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Contents

WARS ARE NEVER OVER THERE
97
FEMINISTS AFTER WARS ITS NOT OVER TIL ITS OVER
191
SIX PIECES FOR A WORKINPROGRESS PLAYING CHECKERS WITH THE TROOPS
307
Notes
319
Index
343
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About the author (2004)

Cynthia H. Enloe is associate professor of government at Clark University. Among her publications are Multi-Ethnic Politics: The Case of Malaysia, Ethnic Conflict and Political Development, and Police, Military, and Ethnicity.

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