Geographies of New Femininities examines the emergence of contemporary constructions of femininity in a global context. It asks whether these femininities are new and suggests that current celebrations of diversity in the lived experience and performance of women's identities are largely Euro-centric.
Through four in-depth case studies Geographies of New Femininities illustrates how constructions of femininities across the world reflect gender inequalities embedded within global/local geographies of social and economic change. The analysis brings together key themes in geography and feminist studies, showing how globalisation and the fracturing of identities are influencing research on gender.
Throughout the book the authors explore spaces of opportunity and oppression for women and highlight the geographies associated with the negotiation of gender identities.
Geographies of New Femininities moves between empirical and theoretical debate using first hand accounts to work through methodological issues relating to gender and geography. It is deliberately written in an accessible style to encourage students to engage with up-to-date research on gender.
Table of Contents
2. Changing Worlds? Changing Femininities?
3. Methodologies for Mapping Geographies of Multiple Feminine Identities.
4. Opportunities and Contradictory Space? .
5. Reluctant Westerners.
6. Merely Diffferent Cultures of Mothering?.
7. Negotiating Stereotypes.
8. New Femininities & Negotiations of Geographies.
9. Conclusions: New Femininities?