Since the establishment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tensions concerning immigration trends and policies, which continued to escalate at the turn of the millennium resulted in revised national security policies in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. These tensions have catalyzed the three governments to rethink their political and economic agendas. While national feminist scholarship in and on these respective countries continue to predominate, since NAFTA, there has been increasing feminist inquiry in a North American regional frame. Less has been done to understand challenges of the hegemonies of nation, region, and empire in this context and to adequately understand the meaning of (im)mobility in people's lives as well as the (im)mobilities of social theories and movements like feminism. Drawing from current feminist scholarship on intimacy and political economy and using three main frameworks: Fortressing Writs/Exclusionary Rights, Mobile Bodies/Immobile Citizenships, and Bordered/Borderland Identities, a handpicked group of established and rising feminist scholars methodically examine how the production of feminist knowledge has occurred in this region. The economic, racial, gender and sexual normativities that have emerged and/or been reconstituted in neoliberal and securitized North America further reveal the depth of regional and global restructuring.
Prize: Honored at the Geographic Perspectives on Women Book Event at the 2013 AAG 'Most accounts of North American integration still tend to focus heavily on economics and trade, and overlook gender dimensions. This book challenges conventional narratives and perspectives and provides insight into the diverse ways in which regionalization limits mobility and rights and reinforces dominant hierarchies in the region. An invaluable contribution to the literature on North American politics.' Laura Macdonald, Carleton University, Canada With concrete specificity, this thoughtful collection chronicles and explains the often unseen and unrecognized consequences of neo-liberal globalization (represented by NAFTA) and post-9/11 securitization of North America for large segments of Canadian, Mexican and United States societies - especially women, indigenous, LGBT, migrant and poor populations. This is a must read� for those interested in North America, transnational feminism and/or globalization in general. Jane Bayes, California State University, Northridge, USA
Gender in a Global/Local World critically explores the uneven and often contradictory ways in which global processes and local identities come together. Much has been and is being written about globalization and responses to it but rarely from a critical, historical, gendered perspective. Yet, these processes are profoundly gendered albeit in different ways in particular contexts and times. The changes in social, cultural, economic and political institutions and practices alter the conditions under which women and men make and remake their lives. New spaces have been created - economic, political, social - and previously silent voices are being heard. North-South dichotomies are being undermined as increasing numbers of people and communities are exposed to international processes through migration, travel, and communication, even as marginalization and poverty intensify for many in all parts of the world. The series features monographs and collections which explore the tensions in a ’global/local world’, and includes contributions from all disciplines in recognition that no single approach can capture these complex processes.
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