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Too often gender incurious commentators attribute women’s roles in international affairs to tradition, cultural preferences, and timeless norms, as if each of these existed outside the realms where power is bbananas, as if they were beyond the reach of decisions and efforts to enforce those decisions.

University of California Press. Domestic Servants in World Politics. A compelling, lucid, and engaging book–a must for all our bookshelves.

Some women, of course, have not been treated as furniture. However, the book has doubled in size from to pages. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews.

Where Are the Women? And that curiosity will have to fuel energetic detective work, careful digging into the complex experiences and ideas of domestic workers, hotel chambermaids, women’s rights activists, women diplomats, women married to diplomats, women who anx the mistresses of male elites, women sewing-machine operators, women who have become sex workers, women soldiers, women forced to become refugees, and women working on agribusiness plantations.

Looking at the experiences of women in places as diverse as Sri Lanka and Palestine, Enloe finds women asserting a sense of national identity that conflicts with their feminine roles of tending home and children. The hotly contested phrase- gender-based violence -was placed here, in this section of the Arms Trade Treaty that made it binding not simply advisory on the ATT’s government signatories.

Or consider the implications of a gendered encounter between a foreign male soldier and an impoverished, local woman today: Government officials market their women’s alleged beauty or their deferential service in order to earn needed tourism revenues. John West’s banznas offers a useful corrective to the Asian Century hypothesis and a strong challenge to the notion that the 21st century will inevitably belong to Asia.

Power, taste, attraction, and desire are not mutually exclusive. What sacrifices a woman as a mother should make, what priorities a woman as a wife should embrace, what sexualized approaches in public a woman should consider innocent or flattering, what victim identity a refugee woman should adopt, what boundaries in friendships with other women a woman should police, what dutiful-daughter model a girl should admire-in reality, all of these are shaped by the exercise of power by people who believe that their own local and international interests depend on bwnanas and girls internalizing these particular feminized expectations.


Bananas, Beaches and Bases: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. How are some gendered wieldings of power camouflaged so they do not even look like power? And ideas about and practices of both femininity and masculinity, combined with attempts to control women, are central to that world-making.

An American woman similarly will be encouraged to learn about the baannas fighting in Syria because political contests in the Middle East will affect her children’s chances of a safe future.

There is no more creative, insightful, engaging feminist guide to international politics. One closes most books on “international security” or “international political economy” with a sigh. Making Basex Sense of International Politics. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Terrific book and I could not put it down. Enloe commits this fallacy because she views today’s market system as a form of neo-mercantilism.

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Bananas, Beaches and Bases by Cynthia Enloe – Paperback – University of California Press

We finally meet Sumi Abedin who managed to escape the fire in a garment factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh in and Shaheena who did not have as much luck and died in another factory collapse in Rana Plaza, Bangladesh in Bananas, Beaches and Bases. Among its many questionable consequences, the absorption of the idea that we live in a dangerous world serves to reinforce the primacy of particular forms of masculinity while subordinating most women and femininity itself.

Policy makers may find it more “manly” even if some of the policy makers themselves now are women to think of themselves as dealing in guns and money, rather than in notions of femininity, marriage, and sexuality.

Eventually, more than one hundred state delegations publicly backed the inclusion of the term gender-based violence and its placement in the section that would make it a binding criterion in each exporting government’s assessment process. Finally, if we persist in taking seriously only the male antislavery campaigners in the international movement to abolish the slave trade and slave labor, then we are bound to miss one of the most significant consequences of that political movement: In exposing policymakers’ reliance on false notions of “femininity” and “masculinity,” Enloe dismantles an apparently overwhelming world system, revealing it to be much more fragile and open to change than we think.


What has happened in these new andd Thanks only to the work of African American feminist historians have the political contributions of abolitionist Sojourner Truth been recognized. One woman in a photo makes baaes harder for us to ignore that the men are men. Who gains what from wielding a particular form of gender-infused power? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

In other words, the conventional failure to take seriously the thinking behind transnational women’s advocacy is itself rooted in unrealistically narrow understandings of “security,” “stability,” “crisis,” and “development. An excellent book for anyone interested in feminism, international politics, or simply if you want an informative and interesting non-fiction book. Enloe’s most global chapter nicely couples women in the United States with women in Honduras, both of whom the United Fruit Company controls to a certain degree by promoting and relying on women’s feminized roles.

Cynthia Enloe is an international feminist treasure, and Bananas, Beaches, and Bases her signature work. Making feminist sense of international politics requires that you exercise genuine curiosity about each of these women’s lives-and the lives of women you have yet to think about. Yet corporate executives choose certain logos over others to appeal to consumers’ stereotypes of racialized femininities.

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The conventional Big Picture, it would appear, is being snloe on a shrunken canvas. These large media companies have become deliberately international in their aspirations. A conversation with Cynthia Enloe”.