The Global and the Intimate

Feminism in Our Time

Edited by Geraldine Pratt and Victoria Rosner

Columbia University Press

The Global and the Intimate

Pub Date: May 2012

ISBN: 9780231154499

344 Pages

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Pub Date: May 2012

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344 Pages

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Pub Date: May 2012

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344 Pages

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The Global and the Intimate

Feminism in Our Time

Edited by Geraldine Pratt and Victoria Rosner

Columbia University Press

By placing the global and the intimate in near relation, sixteen essays by prominent feminist scholars and authors forge a distinctively feminist approach to questions of transnational relations, economic development, and intercultural exchange. This pairing enables personal modes of writing and engagement with globalization debates and forges a definition of justice keyed to the specificity of time, place, and feeling. Writing from multiple disciplinary and geographical perspectives, the contributors participate in a long-standing feminist tradition of upending spatial hierarchies and making theory out of the practices of everyday life.
Balancing feminist theory's commitment to the everyday with a keen understanding of the structures that shape lives, The Global and the Intimate demonstrates how the site-specific material practices undertaken by embodied agents both connect with and affect other people and places across the globe. It is a richly textured book that merits a wide audience while inviting a reconsideration of hierarchies of space and scale and their relevance to feminist investigations. Sallie Marston, University of Arizona
Introduction: The Global and the Intimate -- Geraldine Pratt and Victoria RosnerI. The Anatomy of Intimacy: Bodies, Feelings, and the Everyday
1. Intimacy: A Useful Category of Transnational Analysis -- Ara Wilson
2. In the Interests of Taste and Place: Economies of Attachment -- Elspeth Probyn
3. Jamaica Kincaid's Practical Politics of the Intimate in My Garden (book) -- Agnese Fidecaro
4. Widening Circles -- Rachel AdamsII. Memory, History, Community: Personal Narrative in a Transnational Frame
5. Facing: Intimacy Across Divisions -- Mieke Bal
6. Objects of Return -- Marianne Hirsch
7. Narratives and Rights: Zlata's Diary and the Circulation of Stories of Suffering Ethnicity -- Sidonie Smith
8. Letter from Argentina -- Nancy K. MillerIII. Legislating Intimacy: Women's Work, State Control, and the Politics of Reputation
9. "Security Moms" in Twenty-First-Century U.S.A.: The Gender of Security in Neoliberalism -- Inderpal Grewal
10. "Like a Family, But Not Quite": Emotional Labor and Cinematic Politics of Intimacy -- Tsung-Yi Michelle Huang and Chi-She Li
11. What We Women Talk About When We Talk About Interracial Love -- Min Jin Lee
12. The Pedagogy of the Spiral: Intimacy and Captivity in a Women's Prison -- Marisa Belausteguigoitia RiusIV. Global Feminism and the Subjects of Knowledge
13. Witnessing, Femicide, and a Politics of the Familiar -- Melissa W. Wright
14. Solidarity, Self-Critique, and Survival: Sangtin's Struggles with Fieldwork -- Sangtin Writers
15. Tehran Kids -- Mikhal Dekel

Read the introduction, >The Global and the Intimate, by Geraldine Pratt and Victoria Rosner

About the Author

Geraldine Pratt is professor of geography at the University of British Columbia. She is the author of Working Feminism and Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love and the coauthor of Gender, Work, and Space.



Victoria Rosner is associate dean at Columbia University, where she teaches courses on modernist literature, gender, and space. She is the author of Modernism and the Architecture of Private Life.