- Paperback: 367 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (December 15, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520243811
- ISBN-13: 978-0520243811
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 1 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #839,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In her collection of essays on international politics, militarism and globalization, Enloe (author of Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics) exhibits an open-minded curiosity about how a gendered investigation reveals critical dimensions of these topics. With her logical, unadorned style, she makes the argument that the U.S. is a militarized nation where "commander in chief is the essence of the U.S. presidency" and "manipulations of manliness often shape foreign policy decision-making." This preoccupation with asserting masculinity, she contends, plays a role not only in U.S. foreign policy, but in economic strategies of American companies: she points to a period between the 1960s and the mid-1980s when Nike, Reebok and various other sneaker companies depended on Korean womens espousal of Confucian philosophy, which "measured a womans morality by her willingness to work hard for her familys well-being and to acquiesce to her fathers and husbands dictates," to motivate them to work for unfairly low wages in U.S.-owned factories. In addition to these essays, the collection includes several transcripts of conversations with Enloe, which offer a glimpse into her opinions on how the subjects of gender and international relations are approached in academia, where she sees students increasingly becoming aware that "leaving out the serious asking of the gender question probably will mean that their theorizing about international politics will be not just incomplete. It will be unreliable." Her insightful and accessible explorations of the ethnic conflict in Bosnia, the emerging U.S. "empire" in Afghanistan and Iraq, and other global issues should appeal not only to feminists, but to anyone interested in politics and how it relates to gender. 9 b&w photos.
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"With an unwavering gender optic Cynthia Enloe examines a number of themes and issues bearing on what a feminist curiosity can show you in international relations and political studies. Throughout this collection of essays, Enloe both articulates and exemplifies her philosophy that knowledge comes out of ordinary people's experiences and that it's important to pay attention to what the marginal and silent can tell us." - Cynthia Cockburn, author of The Space Between Us; "The book is a sensitive gendered analysis of interlocking developments from globalized economic markets to war and post-conflict dynamics. Enloe convincingly shows the links between and importance of women's everyday lives." - Carolyn Nordstrom, author of Shadows of War"