A better jingle would substitute "labor" for "love" since people all around the world have indeed joined the "labor train" -- including working for Gap at substandard wages. We've known for some time that women, in particular, form the bulk of the labor force that does the world's scut work: from sewing garments, wiping bottoms and wiping counters to sexing soldiers, women run the world-they just don't run the world. Leftist feminist activists and scholars have worked off this basic assumption for some time, but in the past five years when globalization has become a buzzword, a larger public sphere is listening in a new way to these concerns. And presses have responded to such a degree that if you're late to the conversation or want to understand it more deeply, several key texts have emerged to help.

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With all new and updated chapters, Enloe describes how many women's seemingly personal strategies - in their marriages, in their housework, in their coping with ideals of beauty - are, in reality, the stuff of global politics. Enloe offers a feminist gender analysis of the global politics of both masculinities and femininities, dismantles an apparently overwhelming world system, and reveals that system to be much more fragile and open to change than we think.

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Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics

Cynthia Enloe. Each time I re-visit it, I am taken aback by its profound implications for both feminism and International Politics. The deceptively provocative question at its core—'where are the women? In my view, it is the essential text not only for feminist International Politics courses but for anyone interested in starting to understand just how International Politics really works. This trailblazing treatment of the gender politics of global market and military projects is a feminist classic.


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It was first published in , with a revised edition published in The book describes how gender, ethnicity and class affect the everyday lives of women worldwide, using a variety of sources including historical and government documents, biographical literature, news media and interviews. The book features chapters on tourism, colonialism, nationalism, women and military bases , diplomatic spouses, Carmen Miranda and banana plantations, female textile workers, international bankers, migrant domestic workers and the International Monetary Fund. In the revised edition, Enloe adds content on new manifestations of militarism , gives new accounts of women in and affected by the military, and comments on the various ways women "have sought to resist the devastating effects of violence and war", noting the work of Syrian and Iraqi feminists and Afghan women. Reviewing the book for the American Political Science Association in , Anne Sisson Runyan described it as "groundbreaking", saying it offered a "refreshing, insightful, and critical departure from conventional, top-down treatments of international politics. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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