This book takes an explicitly feminist approach to studying gender and social inequalities in island settings while deliberating on ‘islandness’ as part of the intersectional analysis.
Though there is a wealth of recent literature on islands and island studies, most of this literature focuses on islands as objects of study rather than as contexts for exploring gender relations and local gendered developments. Taking Karides’ ‘Island feminism’ as a starting point and drawing from the wider literature on island studies as well as gender and place, this book bridges this gap by exploring gender, gender relations, affect and politics in various island settings spanning a great variety of global locations, from the Faroe Islands and Greenland in the north to Tasmania in south. Insights on recent developments and gendered contestations in these locations provide rich food for thought on the intricate links between gender and place in a local/global world.
This text will be of key interest to students and scholars of gender and feminist studies, cultural studies, Island studies, anthropology, and more broadly to sociology, geography, diversity and social justice studies, global democracy, and international relations.
Table of Contents
1. Gender, Change, and Continuity in Island Communities
Firouz Gaini & Helene Pristed Nielsen
2. An Island Feminist Approach to Scholar-Activism
3. Being (un)stuck in Qaqortoq: Attachment, Ambivalence, and Affect in Contemporary Greenland
Helene Pristed Nielsen
4. Gender on the Rock: Gender, identity and militarism in Okinawa
5. An Intersectional Analysis of Island Feminist Praxis in Puerto Rico
Noralis Rodríguez Coss
6. Parenting and islands: constructing gender and work in the Faroe Islands
Erika Anne Hayfield
7. An Island and Intersectional Analysis of STEM Faculty Careers in Hawai’i
Marina Karides, Nathalie Rita, Ruth Aloua, and Jennifer Stotter
8. Island intersections: A correspondence about educational research in Tasmania
Kim Beasy, Michael Corbett, Sherridan Emery and Halyna Pavlyshyn
9. Island Studies through Love and Affection to Power and Politics
Helene Pristed Nielsen and Noralis Rodríguez Coss
Epilogue: Writing from somewhere
Firouz Gaini is a Professor in anthropology at the Department of History and Social Sciences, University of the Faroe Islands. He has worked with research focusing on youth cultures, identity, place and futures. He is the editor of Among the Islanders of the North (Faroe University Press, 2011). Among his recent articles is ‘The Future Images of Contemporary Oki Islands Youth’ (2019).
Helene Pristed Nielsen is an Associate Professor at FREIA Centre for Gender Research, Aalborg University, Denmark. Her research interests revolve around gender and place. Previous publications include ‘No place for their children: negotiating gender, place and generation in a flexible work context’ published in Gender, Place and Culture (2018), and the edited volume (with Thidemann Faber) Remapping Gender, Place and Mobility: Global Confluences and Local Particularities in Nordic Peripheries (Ashgate 2015).