Transnational Feminist Itineraries

Situating Theory and Activist Practice

Transnational Feminist Itineraries

Next Wave: New Directions in Women's Studies

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Book Pages: 304 Illustrations: 2 illustrations Published: August 2021

Cultural Studies, Gender and Sexuality > Feminism and Women’s Studies, Sociology > Social Theory

Transnational Feminist Itineraries brings together scholars and activists from multiple continents to demonstrate the ongoing importance of transnational feminist theory in challenging neoliberal globalization and the rise of authoritarian nationalisms around the world. The contributors illuminate transnational feminism's unique constellation of elements: its specific mode of thinking across scales; its historical understanding of identity categories; and its expansive imagining of solidarity based on difference rather than similarity. Contesting the idea that transnational feminism works in opposition to other approaches—especially intersectional and decolonial feminisms—this volume instead argues for their complementarity. Throughout, the contributors call for reaching across social, ideological, and geographical boundaries to better confront the growing reach of nationalism, authoritarianism, and religious and economic fundamentalism.

Contributors. Mary Bernstein, Isabel Maria Cortesão Casimiro, Rafael de la Dehesa, Carmen L. Diaz Alba, Inderpal Grewal, Cricket Keating, Amy Lind, Laura L. Lovett, Kathryn Moeller, Nancy A. Naples, Jennifer Nash, Amrita Pande, Srila Roy, Cara K. Snyder, Ashwini Tambe; Millie Thayer; Catarina Casimiro Trindade


“This thoughtful and measured volume carefully addresses long-standing tensions in feminist theorizing and activism between transnational practices and intersectionality in new and stimulating ways, identifying the many congruent avenues of inquiry and methodologies they share. Bringing together perspectives from the United States and the Global South, it provides a robust critique of the legacies of racism and colonialism.” — Caren Kaplan, author of Aerial Aftermaths: Wartime from Above


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Ashwini Tambe is Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park and author of Defining Girlhood in India: A Transnational History of Sexual Maturity Laws.

Millie Thayer is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and author of Making Transnational Feminism: Rural Women, NGO Activists, and Northern Donors in Brazil.

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Editors' Acknowledgments  ix
Introduction / Ashwini Tambe and Millie Thayer  1
Part I. Provocations
1. The Many Destinations of Transnational Feminism / Ashwini Tambe and Millie Thayer  13
2. Beyond Antagonism: Rethinking Intersectionality, Transnationalism, and the Women's Studies Academic Job Market / Jennifer C. Nash  37
3. Rethinking Patriarchy and Corruption: Itineraries of US Academic Feminism and Transnational Analysis / Inderpal Grewal  52
Part II. Scale
4. Transnational Feminism and the Politics of Scale: The 2012 Antirape Protests in Dehli / Srila Roy  71
5. Transnational Shifts: The World March of Women in Mexico / Carmen L. Díaz Alba  86
6. Network Ecologies and the Feminist Politics of "Mass Sterilization" in Brazil / Rafael de la Dehesa  101
Part III. Interrogating Corporate Power
7. Transnational Childhoods: Linking Global Production, Local Consumption, and Feminist Resistance / Laura L. Lovett  121
8. Nike's Search for Third World Potential: The Tensions between Corporate Funding and Feminist Futures / Kathryn Moeller  133
Part IV. Intractable Dilemmas
9. Reproductive Justice and the Contradictions of International Surrogacy Claims by Gay Men in Australia / Nancy A. Naples and Mary Bernstein  151
10. Wombs in India: Revisiting Commercial Surrogacy / Amrita Pande  171
Part V. Nationalisms and Plurinationalisms
11. Sporting Transnational Feminisms: Gender, Nation, and Women's Athletic Migrations between Brazil and the United States / Cara K. Snyder  193
12. Mozambican Feminisms: Between the Local and the Global / Isabel Maria Cortesão Casimiro and Catarina Casimiro Trindade  207
13. Plural Sovereignty and la Familia Diversa in Ecuador's 2008 Constitution / Christine "Cricket" Keating and Amy Lind  222
References  239
Contributors  269
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Paper ISBN: 978-1-4780-1443-0 / Cloth ISBN: 978-1-4780-1354-9