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Each time I re-visit it, I am taken aback by its profound implications for both feminism and International Politics. In my view, it is the essential text not only for feminist International Politics courses but for anyone interested in starting to understand just how International Politics really works. This trailblazing treatment of the gender politics of global market and military projects is a feminist classic.

Always ahead of the curve, before globalization had achieved beachfs in academic circles Enloe was there, cajoling Western feminists out of our political parochialism. There anc no more creative, insightful, engaging feminist guide to international politics.

Cynthia Enloe is an international feminist treasure, and Bananas, Beaches, and Bases her signature work. It unleashes questions and insights that many conventional students of International Politics are accustomed to ignoring or overlooking about the dynamic between gender and international political life, and it guides us to see how both are mutually constitutive. As the “magna carta” of Feminist International Relations, it has helped create a new generation of women and men in the world of international relations.

Innovative and a great read, Bananas, Beaches and Bases continues to be an outstanding example of the difference gender makes in social analysis.

This is a book which provokes discussion with students, colleagues, friends and family. It is a book which has set the standard form much that followed. Combining contemporary bznanas insight and historical sensitivity, Bananas, Beaches and Bases revealed the gendered workings of high politics, without which the entire bsses of war, diplomacy and governance would have long since collapsed.

The deceptively provocative question at its core-‘where are the women? Beacches you like to tell us basds a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? This radical analysis of globalization reveals veaches crucial role of women in international politics today.

In exposing policymakers’ reliance on false notions of “femininity” and “masculinity,” Enloe dismantles an apparently overwhelming world system, revealing it to be much more fragile and open beaxhes change than we think.

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An Introduction to the Study of International Relations. Grasping the Democratic Peace. From the Inside Flap “I have no hesitation in describing Bananas, Beaches and Bases as the most significant book in contemporary feminist International Politics. University of California Press; updated edition Language: I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Share your thoughts with other customers.

Write a customer review. Showing of 6 reviews. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Classic Fem IR work. Enloe’s book is fascinating and I enjoyed reading it.

Unlike some other feminist authors, she uses concrete examples based in reality and includes entertaining and relevant vignettes. A few times, she ventures a bit too enlke into the vast abyss of hyper-feminism one example: Overall, though, Enloe is down to earth and blends minimal amounts of theory with reality. I would recommend the book to others. An excellent book for anyone interested in feminism, international politics, or simply if you want an informative and interesting non-fiction book.


Terrific book and I could not put it down.

For a long time I had been searching for a feminist critique of the military, etc and I found exactly what I was looking for here. This book is a study of international politics through the lens of women who influence husbands who happen to be the major power brokers within the international system. Enloe also studies how third world women are used as expressions of sexual and national power through agribusiness, tourism, and ad bases.

This work is enlightening because it examines the quiet yet immensely influential role women play within the geopolitical economic system. Enloe’s main thesis is that the personal is political, therefore the power plays within international politics correlates strongly with the power struggles within the personal relationships between men and women.

Unfortunately where Enloe falls short is her narrow definition of masculinity and femininity. Ultimately she defines them as pillars of power, rather than the embodiment of choices.

The truth is when it comes to these kind of dichotomized debates, the answers are usually a bit more nuanced. The problem is if you don’t clearly distinguish between the two it becomes difficult to identify who is a genuine victim of the vicissitudes of international political fiat, versus those who are freely making choices deciding between trade offs in an environment limited by scarcity.

Enloe commits this fallacy because she views today’s market system as a form of neo-mercantilism. For Enloe, it seems to makes a difference if one believes that the bexches sphere is a construct forged out of coercive power, rather than of choice. For Enloe, to command power over international politics also means commanding power within the personal sphere. If true, than universal happiness could not be possible because, in her worldview when it comes to power, there is always a winner and a loser.

The problem is power is subjective, arbitrary and always destined for conflict. If ‘masculinity’ and ‘femininity’ are simply power constructs then ones power is as good as the bananqs.

Since masculine and feminine interests are distinct power interests, this means they must be in perpetual conflict with each other since a simbiotic peace, that transceneds power that is founded on shared moral ideals, is not possible. Bazes constructs are not concerned with questions of ethics, rights, justice, truth, obligations and expressions of individual free will. Power constructs are solely concerned with aquiring ans power.

Unfortunately, Enloe limits her definition of masculine power solely within the context of European nationalism. Enloe doesn’t have an answer.

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Doing so would require Enloe to reject or significantly alter her central thesis that the source of international politics lies primarily within the personal power struggles between men and women. Enloe’s theory is incomplete because it stems from her Marxist reasoning which is rooted in a conflict-based world-view.

What do nationalism, Chiquita bananas and Mexican garment factories have in common? In Cynthia Enloe’s trailblazing book, they illuminate the interplay between global vananas and women. Few scholars have investigated why and how international politics and global trade beache definitions of masculinity and femininity; this book does that and more, bsnanas new perspectives on the gendering of power. For Enloe, power imbues the cultural, social beache economic interactions that gird global beachfs “relationships we once imagined were private or merely social are in fact infused with power, usually unequal power backed up by public authority p.

Enloe pushes Friedan’s analysis into a global context and brings into sharper focus the way public politics are masculinized via the control of women’s activities. Each of the chapters in Enloe’s book explores a different theme — from tourism to US military bases — in order to demonstrate how the personal is political and the political is personal. Enloe most successfully draws out the linkages between domestic life and public authority in her chapters on nationalism, banana republics and garment factories.


Looking at the experiences of women in places as diverse as Sri Lanka and Palestine, Enloe finds women asserting beachhes sense of national identity that conflicts with their feminine roles of tending home and children. Even more problematic, if increased militarization creates an emphasis on communal unity, issues of sexual inequality are often discounted; thus, the nation is redefined, but in a masculinized form.

Enloe’s most global chapter nicely couples women in the United States with women in Honduras, both bananae whom the United Fruit Company controls to a certain degree by promoting and relying on women’s feminized roles. In the United States, housewives respond to advertising and turn bananas into a booming business, while in Honduras, mothers and daughters accept low paid work on banana plantations or in nearby brothels.

In a later chapter, Enloe turns to the international basee industry, noting again how industry keeps women’s work cheap by drawing on patriarchal ideas about labor.

At the same time, concepts like risk and adventure underlie international financial decisions and masculinize global banking, the money driving the garment industry. In arguing that international processes depend on particular configurations of masculinity and femininity, Enloe beafhes produced an important work. However, this book is so wide ranging that it often forgoes providing a complex analysis of its topics; Beacnes makes sweeping and often simplistic generalizations, becahes as “international tourism needs patriarchy to survive p.

Enloe wants to demonstrate the importance of gender in tourism; however, this reader was more struck by the way her book illustrates tourism’s dependency on racism for its survival. In addition, many of Enloe’s linkages, especially between female sexuality and the control of predominantly male populations, while intuitively comprehensible, are poorly supported by evidence.

The presence of high levels of prostitution around US military bases, for example in the Philippines, seems at least equally tied to issues of international economics as it is to providing security for military bases. Attention to the pressure that international economics places on the gendering of domestic relations in countries that maintain US annd bases would have nuanced Enloe’s argument. Despite these flaws, Enloe should be commended for broadening our understanding of global politics.

Indeed, Enloe challenges our conceptions of international politics while empowering female readers to think about how global issues might relate to their own experiences. The author’s portrayal of the September 19th Garment Workers Union in Mexico highlights how women can recognize their dehumanized role in the global economic system; moreover, in examining the lives of working women across the globe, she calls on middle class feminists to hear and support a diversity of female needs.

This book provides a welcome addition to current scholarship on the global market and will benefit anyone interested in considering the complex forms snloe power can take in international politics. See all 6 reviews.

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