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Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific: Method, Practice, Theory
432pp. August 2008
Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific: Method, Practice, Theory
Editor: Ferguson, Kathy E.; Mironesco, Monique;
What is globalization? How is it gendered? How does it work in Asia and the Pacific? The authors of the sixteen original and innovative essays presented here take fresh stock of globalization’s complexities. They pursue critical feminist inquiry about women, gender, and sexualities and produce original insights into changing life patterns in Asian and Pacific Island societies.

Each essay puts the lives and struggles of women at the center of its examination while weaving examples of global circuits in Asian and Pacific societies into a world frame of analysis. The work is generated from within Asian and Pacific spaces, bringing to the fore local voices and claims to knowledge. The geographic emphasis on Asia/Pacific highlights the complexity of globalizing practices among specific people whose dilemmas come alive on these pages. Although the book focuses on global, gendered flows, it expands its investigation to include the media and the arts, intellectual resources, activist agendas, and individual life stories. First-rate ethnographies and interviews reach beyond generalizations and bring Pacific and Asian women and men alive in their struggles against globalization.

Globalization cannot be summed up in a neat political agenda but must be actively contested and creatively negotiated. Taking feminist political thinking beyond simple oppositions, the authors ask specific questions about how global practices work, how they come to be, who benefits, and what is at stake.

Contributors: Nancie Caraway, Steve Derné, Cynthia Enloe, Kathy Ferguson, Maria Ibarra, Gwyn Kirk, Sally Merry, Virginia Metaxas, Min Dongchao, Monique Mironesco, Rhacel Parrenas, Lucinda Peach, Vivian Price, Jyoti Puri, Judith Raiskin, Nancy Riley, Saskia Sassen, Teresia Teaiwa, Chris Yano, Yau Ching.

"This rich and satisfying edited collection provides a sophisticated scholarly analysis of the processes by which gender and globalisation are entwined in the Asia Pacific." —Asia Pacific Viewpoint (50, March 2009)

"This ambitious collection of studies from throughout the Asia-Pacific region constitutes a well-presented and accessible volume that should be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students. . . . An excellent example of how to do provocative, grounded feminist research." —Journal of International Women’s Studies (10:4, May 2009)

Editor: Ferguson, Kathy E.; Mironesco, Monique;
Kathy E. Ferguson is professor of political science and women’s studies at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa. Monique Mironesco is assistant professor of political science at the University of Hawai‘i–West O‘ahu and teaches women’s studies and political science at the University of Hawai‘i-Manoa and Chaminade University, respectively.
Read the introduction (PDF).
Foreword: Knowledge Practices and Subject-making by Saskia Sassen


Chapter 1. Introduction by Kathy E. Ferguson, Sally Engle Merry, and Monique Mironesco

I. Confronting Colonial Discourses
Chapter 2. Telling Tales Out of School: Sia Figiel and Indigenous Knowledge in Pacific Islands Literature by Judith Raiskin
Chapter 3. "Licentiousness has slain its hundreds of thousands": The Missionary Discourse of Sex, Death, and Disease in Nineteenth-century Hawai‘i by Virginia Metaxas

II. Cultural Translations
Chapter 4. Gay Sexualities and Complicities: Rethinking the Global Gay by Jyoti Puri
Chapter 5. "What about Other Translation Routes (East-West)?" The Concept of the Term "Gender" Traveling into and throughout China by Min Dongchao

III. Media
Chapter 6. Gaze Upon Sakura: Imaging Japanese Americans on Japanese TV by Christine R. Yano
Chapter 7. Globalizing Gender Culture: Transnational Cultural Flows and the Intensification of Male Dominance in India by Steve Derné
Chapter 8. Performing Contradictions, Performing Bad-Girlness in Japan by Yau Ching

IV. Labor, Migration, and Families
Chapter 9. The Social Imaginary and Kin Recruitment: Mexican Women Reshaping Domestic Work by Maria de la Luz Ibarra
Chapter 10. Breaking the Code: Women, Labor Migration, and the 1987 Family Code of the Republic of the Philippines by Rhacel Salazar Parreñas
Chapter 11. Headloads: The Technologizing of Work and the Gendering of Labor by Vivian Price
Chapter 12. Gender and Modernity in a Chinese Economic Zone by Nancy E. Riley

V. Trafficking
Chapter 13. Female Sex Slavery or Just Women’s Work? Prostitution and Female Subjectivity within Anti-trafficking Discourses by Lucinda Joy Peach
Chapter 14. "Do No Harm": The Asian Female Migrant and Feminist Debates in the Global Anti-trafficking Movement by Nancie Caraway

VI. Militarization
Chapter 15. Gender, Globalization, and Militarization: An Interview with Cynthia Enloe by Kathy E. Ferguson, Gwyn Kirk, and Monique Mironesco
Chapter 16. Environmental Effects of U.S. Military Security: Gendered Experiences from the Philippines, South Korea, and Japan by Gwyn Kirk
Chapter 17. Globalizing and Gendered Forces: The Contemporary Militarization of Pacific/Oceania by Teresia K. Teaiwa

VII. Conclusion
Chapter 18. Advancing Feminist Thinking on Globalization by Kathy E. Ferguson and Monique Mironesco


List of Contributors