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  • Series: Globalization
  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (March 14, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0742541126
  • ISBN-13: 978-0742541122
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In this book based on her 2003 lecture series in Japan, Enloe continues to explore the ways in which a feminist curiosity can unravel connections between globalization and militarism. . . . Enloe carefully leads her readers through a topic, using jargon-free language, interesting and relevant examples, and clear logic. She engages readers, allowing them to add their own insights and connections to the text. Each chapter shows how a master teacher can open the thinking of her students. It is easy to think of militarism as something that happens at the state level and outside the purview of individuals. The author demonstrates how militarism also happens at the local and personal levels, as well as at the global level, and how everyone contributes to and shares in its impact. Highly recommended. (CHOICE)

This text features warm and accessible conversations. . . . The beauties of this book reside in its use of real-life examples to illustrate otherwise abstract theoretical ideas. . . . In sum, Enloe has done it again. Linking academia and activism through her commitment to progressive change, she writes for undergraduates, academics, and activists who appreciate both intellectual wonder and clarity of expression. (Laura K. Landolt, Virginia Wesleyan College Globalizations)

Cynthia Enloe dares to name the elephant in the living room: the deep patriarchal norm that underpins 'masculine' military solutions and the exploitation of 'feminine' workers and consumers globally. No man or woman who wants to make change or make sense of the world should be without Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link, a readable, revelatory, practical guide to demilitarizing and democratizing our minds and policies—before it's too late. (Gloria Steinem)

Cynthia Enloe was the first to open the eyes of many of us to the role gender plays in international politics. She now focuses on the ways in which globalization and militarization feed off each other, demonstrating yet again that taking women’s lives seriously is one of the keys to reliable explanations of how the world works. (Ken Booth, University of Wales, Aberystwyth)

Cynthia Enloe turns her keen intelligence, clear prose, and feminist curiosity to the buzz words 'globalization' and 'militarization.' In this book, she transforms our understandings of them, from abstract ideas into concrete step-by-step gendered processes that we can both analyze and change. Her insights into their relationship to each other—that is, the globalization of militarization and the militarization of globalization—are crucial for any student or citizen trying to make sense of today's world. (Carol Cohn, Boston Consortium on Gender, Security, and Human Rights)

Cynthia Enloe deftly explores the sometimes subtle (sometimes less so) ways in which globalized production and globalized war-making follow and sustain one another, and shows us also how militarism enters into the most intimate areas of our lives. But in classic Enloe fashion, she also reminds her readers of the varied and creative acts of resistance engaged in by women and men around the world, the 'simultaneous attention to the personal, the local, and the global' aimed at fostering a demilitarized world. (Sandra Whitworth, York University)

About the Author

Cynthia Enloe is research professor in the Department of International Development, Community, and Social Change and the Women's Studies Program at Clark University. Her books include the groundbreaking Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Aragon VINE VOICE on July 28, 2008
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Cynthia Enloe is one of the best feminist international relations scholars in North America. Once again she has written a much needed timely volume. Enloe's writing is engaging and never filled with too much academese, so that the lay audience and academics alike can enjoy her books.

This book deals with the connections between globalization and militarism. Each chapter sheds light on this insipid connection. The chapter I enjoyed most dealt with the consumer fascination of camo. Do you wear camo? How have we normalized camouflage and militarism by wearing camo pants to work/school? Is this "normal"?

Enloe asks the reader to be curious and ask questions. I have found that the lower division women's studies students really dig her work and this book has been no exception. I've also used excerpts of this book in one of my Political Science courses, and again, the students enjoyed the reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alicia Crumpton on November 24, 2013
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This is a book for those interested in exploring the topic of gender, militarism, globalization, and the associated policies, language used, and selling points - a thought provoking book. Enloe noted: "We need to understand that many decisions have not only gendered consequences but gendered causes - that is, causes flowing from presumptions or fears about femininity or masculinity" (p. 17). Some key underlying approaches to Enloe's questioning and analysis:

1) feminist curiosity - "asking questions about the condition of women and about relationships of women to each other and about relationships to men" (p. 10).
2) gender impact analysis - How will this decision affect men? Which men especially? How will this affect women? Will it affect certain women more than other women? How will this policy choice affect the relationships between women and men? Will it shrink inequalities? Side the disparities? Globally or locally or both? (p. 13).

Topics explored included:
* Labor - "Women's labor is. . . . thought of as cheap" (p. 20).
* National Security - "Which of the many militarized foreign policy decisions. . . is affected even in part by their personal worries about not appearing 'feminine'? (p. 48).
* Women Inside the Military - "When women join a previously all-male group, do the patriarchal beliefs and practices that shape that group's culture recede?" (p. 68).
* Masculinity Inside Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo - "To make sense of any organization, we always must dig deep into the group's dominant presumptions about femininity and masculinity" (p. 106).

Wonderful bibliography included!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna J. Kelley on April 23, 2010
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This book is an up to date account of the link between globalization and militarization. A very informative read.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Cabriales on February 10, 2014
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This book looks brand new. the pages are perfect with no writing or highlighting on the inside. No pages were bent or torn either
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