Introduction: Feminist engagements with geopolitics

Deborah P. Dixon, Sallie A. Marston

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Here, we introduce a themed set of articles that, using diverse feminist knowledges and practices, aims to expose the force relations that operate through and upon bodies, such that particular 'geopolitical' subjectivities are enhanced, constrained and put to work, and particular corporealities are violated, exploited and often abandoned. The substantive scope of these articles highlights the relevance of such feminist analysis, not as a universalising framework, but as a project of universal reach. The empirical depth of this work, founded upon (variously) a committed period of fieldwork, the careful gathering of lengthy, in situ interviews, participant observation, focus groups, visual methodology and months spent in the archives highlights a complex, feminist ethics of care. Taken as a collection, what we hope these articles make clear are the manifold struggles within feminist analysis in regard to 'researching with' embodiment, agency, passivity, vulnerability, emotion, praxis and care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-453
Number of pages9
JournalGender, Place and Culture
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • Corporeality
  • Embodiment
  • Feminist theory
  • Geopolitics
  • Subjectivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Demography
  • Cultural Studies
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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