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Bananas, beaches & bases : making feminist sense of international politics

Enloe, Cynthia H.

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ISBN 10: 0520069846 / ISBN 13: 9780520069848
Published by University of California Press, Berkeley, 1990
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Octavo in glossy color illus boards; xiii, 244 p. : illus, bibliographical references (p. 202-238) and index ; 23 cm. Contents:Gender makes the world go round -- On the beach: sexism and tourism -- Nationalism and masculinity -- Base women -- Diplomatic wives -- Carmen Miranda on my mind: international politics of the banana -- Blue jeans and bankers -- 'Just like one of the family': domestic servants in world politics. || Women -- Political activity. International relations. Feminist theory. Politique mondiale. Relations internationales. Féminisme -- Aspect politique. Femmes en politique. Internationale Politik Feminismus Aufsatzsammlung. Fine copy. No DJ, presumably as issued. Bookseller Inventory # 17490

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Title: Bananas, beaches & bases : making feminist ...

Publisher: University of California Press, Berkeley

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st U.S. ed.

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This radical new analysis of international politics reveals the crucial role of women in implementing governmental foreign policies, be it Soviet Glasnost, Britain's dealings in the EEC, or the NATO alliance. Cynthia Enloe pulls back the curtain on the familiar scenes—governments restricting imported goods, bankers negotiating foreign loans, soldiers serving overseas—and shows that the real landscape is less exclusively male.

Bananas, Beaches and Bases shows how thousands of women tailor their marriages to fit the demands of state secrecy; how foreign policy would grind to a halt without secretaries to handle money transfers or arms shipments; and how women are working in hotels and factories around the world in order to service their governments' debts.

Enloe also challenges common assumptions about what constitutes "international politics." She explains, for example, how turning tacos and sushi into bland fast foods affects relations between affluent and developing countries, and why a multinational banana company needs the brothel outside its gates. And she argues that shopping at Benneton, wearing Levis, working as a nanny (or employing one) or planning a vacation are all examples of foreign policy in action.

Bananas, Beaches and Bases does not ignore our curiosity about arms dealers, the President's men or official secrets. But it shows why these conventional clues are not sufficient for understanding how the international political system works. In exposing policymakers' reliance on false notions of "feminity" and "masculinity," Enloe dismantles a seemingly overwhelming world system, exposing it to be much more fragile and open to change than we are usually led to believe.

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"This is the work of a well-travelled feminist mulling over the inequalities of the postmodern world. In a lively overview of tourism, the food industry, army bases, nationalism, diplomacy, global factories, and domestic work, Enloe persuasively argues that gender is key to the workings of international relations."-Aihwa Ong, University of California, Berkeley

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