Feminist Nationalism demonstrates how feminism is redefining nationalism by presenting case studies from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Consisting of social movements and cultural ideologies, feminist nationalism links struggles for women's rights with struggles for group identity rights and/or national sovereignty in their goals of self-determination. Many analyses of nationalism assume it is identical for women and men in its definition and operation. This collection challenges that framework by placing women at the center and demonstrating how feminism is redefining nationalism both in particular cases and in the global context.
Lois A. West, author of Militant Labor in the Philippines (1996), is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at Florida International University. She received her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and her M.A. in Women's Studies from George Washington University.
"A stimulating and welcome contribution to the growing literature on the relationship of women, state, and nation." -- Elisabeth Prugl
"The essays in Femminist Nationalism are unique in that they focus on the emergence of feminism amidst nationalist struggle. The essays in this collection are remarkably consistent, especially given the wide array of countries included." -- American Anthropologist