The Audacity of Races and Genders: A Personal and Global Story of the Obama Election

The Audacity of Races and Genders: A Personal and Global Story of the Obama Election

By: Zillah R. Eisenstein (author)Hardback

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In this exciting and insightful new work, Zillah Eisenstein engages the 2008 election of Barack Obama as a site of new anti-imperial possibility. Contiuning her relentless anti-racist feminist narrative to uncover the new shiftings and changes surrounding the meanings and practices of race, gender, and class, she likens the end of the Bush/Cheney presidency to the fall of Stalin, or Pinochet and asks whether this is a key historical moment that will alter race and gender in newly unknown ways. Tracing the social and political presence of Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, Sarah Palin and Barack Obama, the book present 25 conceptual "frames" of fast-paced critical analysis that places the US presidential election in the context of; the global economic crisis, the new positions of China and India, Islamic feminisms and new secularisms. Illuminated by Eisenstein's distinctive style and personal narrative as she travels the world, Eisenstein challenges her readers to always be looking for the "newly new" political configurations in order to create a politics of and for the globe.

About Author

Zillah Eisenstein is one of North America's most prolific anti-racist feminist writers and activists of her time. She is well recognized for her earlier activism and writing about the rape camps in Bosnia, breast cancer activism in Cuba, the impact of globalization on women workers across the globe, the racialized gender politics of affirmative action in the US, neo-liberal assaults against feminisms of all sorts and feminist struggles in the former Soviet Union, India, Turkey and Iran. Her books include Against Empire (2004), Sexual Decoys (2007), Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism, ed. (1978), The Radical Future of Liberal Feminism (1981), The Color of Gender (1994) and Hatreds, Racialized and Sexualized Conflicts in the 21st Century,(1996). Zillah Eisenstein teaches political theory and anti-racist feminisms in the Politics Department of Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York.


Introducing my Mindscape 1. Fluid Frames 2. Bodies and Me Part I: A New Circular Globe 3. Chindia and New-Old Economies 4. Gender Bending with the Globe 5. Global Capitalist Crises 6. Chinua Achebe and Listening to Africa 7. The Newest China and her Olympics Part II: New-Old Discourses on the Globe 8. God Bless America and Her Troops 9. New Cold Wars and Global Warming 10. Mythic Enemies and Newest Races Part III: US Presidential Election Talk 11. Hillary Chose Not To Be a Feminist 12. Yesterday's Hillary 13. A Post New Hampshire Diary of Sorts 14. The Audaciousness of Race 15. Hillary is White 16. Michelle is Obviously Black 17. Sarah's Right Wing Vagina 18. US Feminisms Part IV: Shifting the political landscapes 19. Gender Mainstreaming in the Land of Picasso 20. Chadors, Veils, and Pantsuits 21. New Iranian and Turkish Feminisms 22. Heteronormative Silences and Gay Marriage 23. Being White in Cape Town 24. On the Ground in Florida Part V: What is Next? 25. Unfinished Beginnings and Endings

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781848134195
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781848134195
  • ISBN10: 1848134193

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