Feminism and War

Confronting US Imperialism

Edited by Robin Riley, Chandra Talpade Mohanty, and Minnie Bruce Pratt


Features a diverse set of leading theorists and activists who examine the questions raised by American military initiatives.
Women across the globe are being dramatically affected by war as currently waged by the USA. But there has been little public space for dialogue about the complex relationship between feminism, women, and war.

The editors of Feminism and War have brought together a diverse set of leading theorists and activists who examine the questions raised by ongoing American military initiatives, such as: What are the implications of an imperial nation/state laying claim to women's liberation? Did American intervention and invasion in fact result in liberation for women in Afghanistan and Iraq?
What multiple concepts are embedded in the phrase 'women’s liberation'? And how do women who define themselves as feminists resist or acquiesce to this nation/state claim in current theory and organizing?

Feminism and War reveals and critically analyzes the complicated ways in which America uses gender, race, class, nationalism, imperialism to justify, legitimate, and continue war. Each chapter builds on the next to develop an anti-racist, feminist politics that places imperialist power, and forms of resistance to it, central to its comprehensive analysis.

Author Bio

Robin Riley is an assistant professor of women's and gender studies at Syracuse University. She is co-editor of Interrogating Imperialism: Conversations on Gender, Race & War (2006).

Chandra Talpade Mohanty is a professor of women's and gender studies at Syracuse University. Mohanty is author of Feminism Without Borders (2003), co-editor of Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism (1991), and Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures (1997). 

Minnie Bruce Pratt is a professor of women's and gender studies and writing at Syracuse University, and a member of the editorial board of Feminist Studies. Her essay, Identity: Skin, Blood, Heart has become a feminist classic. She is the author of six books of poetry, including Walking Back Up Depot Street (1999) and The Dirt She Ate (2004).

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction: Feminism and U.S. Wars: Mapping the Ground - Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Robin L. Riley
  • Part I: Feminist Geopolitics of War
    • A Vocabulary for Feminist Praxis: On War and Radical Critique - Angela Y. Davis
    • Resexing Militarism for the Globe - Zillah Eisenstein
    • U.S. Sexual Exceptionalism: Feminists and Queers in the Service of Empire - Jasbir Puar
    • Interrogating Americana: An African Feminist Critique - Patricia McFadden
    • In Praise of Afrika's Children - Micere Githae Mugo
    • What's Left? After 'Imperial Feminist' Hijackings: From Personal Pain to Collective Change - Huibin Amelia Chew
  • Part II: Feminists Mobilizing Critiques of War
    • Women of Color Veterans: A Dialogue on War, Militarism and Feminism - Setsu Shigematsu with Anuradha Kristina Bhagwati and Eli PaintedCrow
    • On Euro-Colonial Sovereignty: Decolonizing the Racial Grammar of International Law - Elizabeth Philipose
    • The Other V-word: The Politics of Victimhood Fueling George W. Bush's War Machine - Alyson M. Cole
    • Deconstructing the Myth of Liberation @ riverbendblog.com: Baghdad Burning and the Politics of Resistance - Nadine Sinno
    • "Rallying Public Opinion" and Other Misuses of Feminism: How U.S. Militarism in Afghanistan Is Gendered through Congressional Discourse - Jennifer L. Fluri
  • Part III: Women's Struggles and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
    • Afghan Women: The Limits of Colonial Rescue - Shahnaz Khan
    • Gendered, Racialized and Sexualized Torture: Orientalism and the Politics of Torture at Abu-Ghraib - Isis Nusair
    • Whose Bodies Count? Feminist Geopolitics and Lessons from Iraq - Jennifer Hyndman
    • "Freedom for Women": Stories of Baghdad and New York - Berenice Malka Fisher
    • The War on Iraq - Micere Githae Mugo
  • Part IV: Feminists Organizing Against Imperialism and War
    • Violence Against Women: The U.S. War on Women - LeiLani Dowell
    • "We Say CodePink": Feminist Direct Action and the "War on Terror" - Judy Rohrer
    • Every Bomb Dropped on Iraq Falls on U.S. Cities: Women, Gentrification, and Harlem - Nellie Hester Bailey
    • War Does Not Affect All Women Equally: U.S. Economic Wars and Latin America - Berta Joubert-Ceci
    • Feminist Organizing in Israel: Against Militarism, War and Occupation - Melanie Kaye/Kantrowitz
    • Engaging Power and Injustice in the U.S.A.: Strategies for Anti-War Organizing - Leslie Cagan
    • Feminism and War: Stopping Militarizers, Critiquing Power - Cynthia Enloe
    • Prosaic Poem - Micere Githae Mugo
    • End U.S. War Now!
    • Afterword - Linda Carty


'A cogent, passionate and damning anti-racist feminist exposè and dissection of the politics of contemporary US warmongering and its devastating impacts. An essential reference point for all those committed to mobilising against imperialist capitalism, war and globalisation.' Ailbhe Smyth, Women's Studies


Publication Date: 15 October 2008
288 pages

Product ISBNs: Paperback: 9781848130197
eBook ePub: 9781848136687
eBook PDF: 9781848133662
eBook Kindle: 9781780326818
Library Edition: 9781848130180

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