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Working Feminism

Geraldine Pratt

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Working Feminism looks at key concepts and debates within feminist theory and puts them to work concretely in relation to the real problems faced by Filipina domestic workers and Asian youth in Canada. It draws to the fore the metaphorical and concrete geographies that lie implicit and underdeveloped within much feminist theory and suggests that a geographical imagination offers a means of reframing debates beyond polarised theoretical and political positions. Alternating between theoretical and empirical chapters, substantial and wide-ranging discussions of human rights, multiculturalism, transnationalism and feminist politics are brought to earth and - by putting them into the context of individual predicaments - to life. The empirical chapters build from a decade-long collaboration with an activist group - the Philippine Women Centre - in Vancouver, Canada. They demonstrate the fruits of a close and innovative engagement between poststructuralist feminist theory and participatory action research. The book demonstrates the immediate practicality of abstract debate, and works away at divisions between culturalist and materialist, theoretical and practical feminisms.

Contents

Contents
List of figures
List of Tables
Acknowledgements
1 Putting Feminist Theory to Work
2 Spatialising the Subject of Feminism
3 From Registered Nurse to Registered Nanny
4 Liberalism, Universalisms and Democratic Feminist Politics
5 Working at the Borders of Liberalism
6 Gleaning the Home
7 Trafficking Across Borders
8 Song Flies Home
References
Index.

About the Author

Geraldine Pratt is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. She is author of Working Feminism and Families Apart: Migrant Mothers and the Conflicts of Labor and Love, co-author of Gender, Work and Space, and co-editor of The Global and the Intimate: Feminism in Our Time and the 4th and 5th editions of the Dictionary of Human Geography. She co-authored with Caleb Johnston Nanay: a testimonial play, which has been performed in Vancouver, Berlin and Manila.

Reviews

A wonderful illustration of how to do good critical social science research in which significant theoretical and political debates are brought together and into productive tension through the lens of a concrete case study … I wholeheartedly recommend this book … It is an excellent contribution to a critical human geography committed to combating inequality and injustice.
Provides rich detail and soul to the bald story told by labour market statistics… this book powerfully reinforces evidence of a global chain of exploitation… the book's energy and passion owe much to [Geraldine Pratt's] collaboration with an activist group, the Philippine Women's Center.

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