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Feminist Geography Unbound

Discount, Bodies, and Prefigured Futures

Banu Görkariksel (editor) Michael Hawkins (editor)
Christopher Neubert (editor)
Sara Smith (editor)

ISBN: 9781949199888

Publication Date: Mar 2021

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

This field-defining collection of new voices on gender, feminism, and geography offers a call to action - to expand imaginations and to read and travel more widely and carefully through terrains that have been cast as niche, including Indigenous and decolonial feminisms, Black geographies, and trans geographies.

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A field-defining collection of new voices on gender, feminism, and geography.

Feminist Geography Unbound is a call to action–to expand imaginations and to read and travel more widely and carefully through terrains that have been cast as niche, including Indigenous and decolonial feminisms, Black geographies, and trans geographies. The original essays in this collection center three themes to unbind and enable different feminist futures: discomfort as a site where differences generate both productive and immobilizing frictions, gendered and racialized bodies as sites of political struggle, and the embodied work of building the future.

Drawing on diverse theoretical backgrounds and a range of field sites, contributors consider how race, gender, citizenship, and class often determine who feels comfort and who is tasked with producing it. They work through bodies as terrains of struggle that make claims to space and enact political change, and they ask how these politics prefigure the futures that we fear or desire. The book also champions feminist geography as practice, through interviews with feminist scholars and interludes in which feminist collectives speak to their experience inhabiting and transforming academic spaces. Feminist Geography Unbound is grounded in a feminist geography that has long forced the discipline to grapple with the production of difference, the unequal politics of knowledge production, and gender's constitutive role in shaping social life.


Feminist Geography Unbound is a must-read for students and scholars interested in the diversity of feminist geographic thought, action, and activism. This is an exceptionally edited collection of leading scholars' research and reflections on gender, race, sexuality, identity, vulnerability, and power relations. I highly recommend this book for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses engaging with feminist geographic scholarship and methods." – Jennifer L. Fluri, coauthor of The Carpetbaggers of Kabul and Other American-Afghan Entanglements: Intimate Development, Geopolitics, and the Currency of Gender and Grief
Pages 324
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Mar 2021
Publisher West Virginia University Press
Series Gender, Feminism, and Geography
Subject/s Gender studies: women   Feminism & feminist theory   Human geography  
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Banu Gökarksel, Michael Hawkins, Christopher Neubert, and Sara Smith
  • Part I.
  • Discomfort across Encounters
  • 1. Brown Scholar, Black Studies: On Suffering, Witness, and Materialist Relationality
  • Pavithra Vasudevan
  • 2. The Path to Radical Vulnerability: Feminist Praxis and Community Food Collaborations
  • Carrie Chennault
  • 3. Toilets and the Public Imagination: Planning for Safe and Inclusive Spaces
  • Rachael Cofield and Petra L. Doan

    4. Interview with Kumarini Silva

  • Part II.
  • Gendered Bodies as a Terrain of Political Struggle
  • 5. "Real" and "Mythical" Bodies Weaving Social Skin: Two Waorani Women Disrupting Genres of Amazonian Humanity
  • Gabriela Valdivia, Kati Álvarez, Alicia Weya Cawiya, Manuela Ima Omene, Dayuma Albán, and Flora Lu
  • 6. (Tiny) Houses and Black Feminist Geographic Praxis: Building More Humanly Workable Geographies
  • Tia-Simone Gardner
  • 7. Decolonizing Development, Challenging Patriarchy: Colonialism, Capitalism, and Genders in Diné Bikeyah
  • Melanie K. Yazzie and Andrew Curley
  • 8. Women-Only Spaces as a Method of Policing the Category of Woman
  • Abigail Barefoot
  • 9. Interview with Petra Doan
  • Part III.
  • Temporality and Feminist Futures
  • 10. Making Memory: Care and Dalit Feminist Archiving
  • Anusha Hariharan
  • 11. From the Women's Movement to the Academy: Feminist Urban Planning, 1970–1985
  • Bri Gauger
  • 12. Challenging Anglocentric Feminist Geography from Latin American Feminist Debates on Territoriality
  • Sofia Zaragocin
  • 13. Interview with LaToya Eaves
  • Interlude: Calling All Collectives
  • Interviews with Feminist Geography Collectives
  • Jess Linz, Araby Smyth, Emily Billo, Winifred Curran, Roberta Hawkins, Beverley Mullings, Alison Mountz, Kate Parizeau, Margaret Walton-Roberts, Risa Whitson, Annie Elledge, Caroline Faria, Dominica Whitesell, Danya Al-Saleh, Elsa Noterman, and FLOCK Geography Collective
  • Afterword
  • Lorraine Dowler
  • Contributors
  • Index
Banu Gökarksel is professor, Michael Hawkins and Christopher Neubert are PhD candidates, and Sara Smith is associate professor in the department of geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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