Governance Feminism: Notes from the Field

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Janet Halley, Prabha Kotiswaran, Rachel Rebouché, Hila Shamir
U of Minnesota Press, Mar 26, 2019 - Social Science - 608 pages

An interdisciplinary, multifaceted look at feminist engagements with governance across the global North and global South

Governance Feminism: Notes from the Field brings together nineteen chapters from leading feminist scholars and activists to critically describe and assess contemporary feminist engagements with state and state-like power. Gathering examples from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, it complements and expands on the companion volume Governance Feminism: An Introduction. Its chapters argue that governance feminism (GF) is institutionally diverse and globally distributed—emerging from traditional sites of state power as well as from various forms of governance and operating at the grassroots level, in the private sector, in civil society, and in international relations.  

The book begins by confronting the key role that crime and punishment play in GFeminist projects. Here, contributors explore the ideological and political conditions under which this branch of GF became so robust and rethink the carceral turn. Other chapters speak to another face of GFeminism: feminists finding, in mundane and seemingly unspectacular bureaucratic tools, leverage to bring about change in policy and governance practices. Several contributions highlight the political, strategic, and ethical challenges that feminists and LGBT activists must negotiate to play on the governmental field. The book concludes with a focus on feminist interventions in postcolonial legal and political orders, looking at new policy spaces opened up by conflict, postconflict, and occupation.

Providing a clear, cross-cutting, critical lens through which to map developments in feminist governance around the world, Governance Feminism: Notes from the Field makes sense of the costs and benefits of current feminist realities to reimagine feminist futures. 

Contributors: Libby Adler, Northeastern U; Aziza Ahmed, Northeastern U; Elizabeth Bernstein, Barnard College; Amy J. Cohen, Ohio State U; Karen Engle, U of Texas at Austin; Jacob Gersen, Harvard U; Leigh Goodmark, U of Maryland; Aeyal Gross, Tel Aviv U; Aya Gruber, U of Colorado, Boulder; Janet Halley, Harvard U; Rema Hammami, Birzeit U, Palestine; Vanja Hamzić, U of London; Isabel Cristina Jaramillo-Sierra; Prabha Kotiswaran, King’s College London; Maleiha Malik, King’s College London; Vasuki Nesiah, New York U; Dianne Otto, Melbourne Law School; Helen Reece; Darren Rosenblum, Pace U; Jeannie Suk Gersen, Harvard U; Mariana Valverde, U of Toronto.



Feminism Wields the Sword
From Liberal to Carceral Feminism
The Politics of Sex Rights and Freedom in Contemporary Antitrafficking
The Charybdis of Rape Myth Discourse
Governance Feminism in New Yorks Human Trafficking Intervention Courts
An Interview with Kate Mogulescu
The Tragedy
Libby Adler and Janet Halley
Maleiha Malik
A Queer Critique
Sex Workers and Indias Rape Law Reforms
Isabel Cristina Jaramillo Sierra
Rema Hammami
The Cruel Optimism of Leaning in to Empowerment

Governing Sex through Bureaucracy
Feminism Law and Epidemiology in the AIDS Response
Dianne Otto
Sex Quotas and Burkini Bans

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Janet Halley is Royall Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. 

Prabha Kotiswaran is professor of law and social justice at King’s College London. 

Rachel Rebouché is professor of law at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Hila Shamir is associate professor at Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law.

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