1st Edition

Feminist Geopolitics At the Sharp End

Edited By Deborah P. Dixon, Sallie A. Marston Copyright 2013

    Building on a trans-disciplinary, feminist project that foregrounds the bodies of those at the ‘sharp end’ of various forms of international activity, such as immigration, development and warfare, the chapters included in this book cover a variety of sites, concerns, and hopes. These range from the fraught geopolitics of marriage and birth in Ladakh, India, to the fate of detained migrant children in the U.S., and from the human rights abuses of women and children in Uzbekistan to the body politics of aid workers in Afghanistan. The collective aim is to expose the force relations that operate through and upon those bodies, such that particular subjectivities are enhanced, constrained, and put to work, and particular corporealities are violated, exploited, and often abandoned. Oriented around issues of security, population, territory, and nationalism, these chapters expose the proliferating bodies of geopolitics, not simply as the bearers of socially demarcated borders and boundaries, but as vulnerable corporealities, seeking to negotiate and transform the geopolitics they both animate and inhabit.

    This book was originally published as a special issue of Gender, Place and Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography.

    1. An Introduction to Feminist Geopolitics, Deborah P. Dixon and Sallie Marston, University of Glasgow, UK

    2. She Says Herself, "I have no future": love, fate and territory in Leh District, India, Sara Smith, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA

    3. The Geopolitics of Vulnerability: children’s legal subjectivity, immigrant family detention and US immigration law and enforcement policy, Lauren Martin, University of Oulu, Finland

    4. Security and gendered national identity in Uzbekistan, Natalie Koch, Syracuse University, USA

    5. Armored peacocks and proxy bodies: gender geopolitics in aid/development spaces of Afghanistan, Jennifer Fluri, Dartmouth University, USA

    6. Scouting for Girls? Gender and the Social Movement in Britain, Sarah Mills, Loughborough University, UK


    Deborah P. Dixon is a Professor of Geography at the University of Glasgow. She has previously written on feminist geopolitics, and in particular the gendering of Mexican, female, migrant labour and associated notions of vulnerability. She has also emphasised the manner in which feminist geography has been, and continues to be, an arena of critical thought and practice that poses various conceptual and methodological challenges for the geographic discipline as a whole. Most recently, Deborah has written on the notion of the feminine-monstrous, and specifically the transformative potential of the male grotesque.

    Sallie A. Marston is a professor in the School of Geography and Development at the University of Arizona. Her research focus includes socio-spatial theory and politico-cultural geography. She has published over 60 articles and book chapters and two award-winning textbooks. In addition to her academic work she is involved in community engagement activities around public education.