Transnational Borderlands in Women’s Global Networks: The Making of Cultural Resistance
Part of the Comparative Feminist Studies Series book series (CFS)


This book began with a shared interest in the location of women in the present era of globalization. It is a book about place: those hidden, sometimes visible, and more or less noticeable places women occupy both in small localities and transnational networks. It analyzes the constructions of language, art, and knowledge women inhabit and the empowerment they seek in collective efforts, shaped either as concrete or imagined alliances of shared fears and dreams. It is about how women migrate and transform those habitats and the ways in which women build common borderlands that resist the constraints of such locations. Transnational Borderlands examines the impact transnational feminist methodologies have in conceptualizing women’s place in the global sphere and in understanding emancipating ways of connecting knowledge, location, and subjectivity. As such, this book explores the reconfigurations of transnational discourses and social agendas at three levels: transformations in literature and art, social changes related to rights and citizenship, and pedagogies that transform educators and students as agents of change. We approach transnational feminist practices as theories that conceptualize location, not as a fixed category that reifies identity politics, but as the product of intersections of class, race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, religion, and gender. “Location is, then, discontinuous, multiply constituted and traversed by diverse social formations,” Caren Kaplan states, and “does not simply reflect identity: identities are formed through the mediating activities of places, locations, and positions” (emphasis in the original, 185). Further, we believe discourses on globalization are key in reconfiguring such notions of location.


Feminist Movement Transnational Network Hegemonic Discourse LGBT Community World Woman 
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