Feminist (Im)Mobilities in Fortress(ing) North America
Rights, Citizenships, and Identities in Transnational Perspective
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- Edited by Anne Sisson Runyan, and Amy Lind, both of University of Cincinnati, USA, Patricia McDermott, York University, Canada and Marianne H. Marchand, Universidad de las Américas Puebla, Mexico
Gender in a Global/Local World
- Since the establishment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) tensions concerning immigration trends and policies, which continued to escalate at the turn of the millennium resulted in revised national security policies in Mexico, Canada, and the United States. These tensions have catalyzed the three governments to rethink their political and economic agendas.
While national feminist scholarship in and on these respective countries continue to predominate, since NAFTA, there has been increasing feminist inquiry in a North American regional frame. Less has been done to understand challenges of the hegemonies of nation, region, and empire in this context and to adequately understand the meaning of (im)mobility in people's lives as well as the (im)mobilities of social theories and movements like feminism.
Drawing from current feminist scholarship on intimacy and political economy and using three main frameworks: Fortressing Writs/Exclusionary Rights, Mobile Bodies/Immobile Citizenships, and Bordered/Borderland Identities, a handpicked group of established and rising feminist scholars methodically examine how the production of feminist knowledge has occurred in this region. The economic, racial, gender and sexual normativities that have emerged and/or been reconstituted in neoliberal and securitized North America further reveal the depth of regional and global restructuring.
- Contents: Introduction, Anne Sisson Runyan, Amy Lind, Patricia McDermott and Marianne H. Marchand; Part I Fortressing Writs/Exclusionary Rights: Codifying Fortress North America: relative sovereignties and gendered and racialized restructuring under NAFTA, Caroline Hodes; (Im)mobilizing unskilled migrant labor post-NAFTA: racialized and gendered legal barriers to the human rights of migrant Mexicans in Canada and the US, Patricia McDermott and Olga Sanmiguel-Valderrama; Falling through the cracks: superfluous women at the fault lines of citizenship, sovereignty, and human rights, Emma R. Norman. Part II Mobile Bodies/Immobile Citizenships: Neoliberalizing (re)production: women, migration and family planning in the peripheries of the state, Anna Ochoa O’Leary and Gloria Ciria Valdéz-Gardea; Engendering violence in de/hyper-nationalized spaces: border militarization, state territorialization, and embodied politics at the US-Mexico border, Amy Lind and Jill Williams; Securing the state: the relationship between anti-sex trafficking legislation and organizing and the fortressing of North America, Marjan E. Kamrani and Federica Gentile; The state, the Catholic Church, and LGBT rights in North America, Alfonso Gómez Rossi. Part III Bordered/Borderland Identities: Governing queer intimacies at the US-Canada ‘border’, Melissa Autumn White; Trastorno transfronterizo/border breakdown: reflections on translation and feminist solidarity, Emily Rosser and Mónica Trujillo-López; (In)visible subjects: thinking about transnational feminism in Fortress North America through film, Anne Sisson Runyan; References; Index.
- About the Editor: Anne Sisson Runyan is Professor and former Head of the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati, USA, and was the lead director of the Women's Human Rights, Citizenships, and Identities in a North American Context exchange project.
Amy Lind is the Mary Ellen Heintz Endowed Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Cincinnati, USA.
Marianne H. Marchand is Professor in the Department of International Relations and Political Science and Coordinator of the Canadian Studies Program at the Universidad de las Américas Puebla where she also founded the North American Studies graduate program.
Patricia McDermott is Professor of Law and Society in the School of Social Sciences, former Acting Chair of the School of Women's Studies at York University, Canada.
- Reviews: Prize: Honored at the Geographic Perspectives on Women Book Event at the 2013 AAG
'Most accounts of North American integration still tend to focus heavily on economics and trade, and overlook gender dimensions. This book challenges conventional narratives and perspectives and provides insight into the diverse ways in which regionalization limits mobility and rights and reinforces dominant hierarchies in the region. An invaluable contribution to the literature on North American politics.'
Laura Macdonald, Carleton University, Canada
With concrete specificity, this thoughtful collection chronicles and explains the often unseen and unrecognized consequences of neo-liberal globalization (represented by NAFTA) and post-9/11 securitization of North America for large segments of Canadian, Mexican and United States societies - especially women, indigenous, LGBT, migrant and poor populations. This is a “must read” for those interested in North America, transnational feminism and/or globalization in general.
Jane Bayes, California State University, Northridge, USA
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