Towards a regional feminism

NOV feministsFeminist (Im)Mobilities in Fortress(ing) North America: Rights, Citizenships, and Identities in Transnational Perspective
Edited by Anne Sisson Runyan, Amy Lind, Patricia McDermott and Marianne H Marchand
2013, Ashgate
256 pages, hardback

IN AN original departure from the standard fare that has been served up about regionalisation in North America, which has focused heavily on trade and economic integration, the contributors to this volume consider gender. They explore the diverse ways regionalisation limits mobility and reinforces dominant hierarchies, highly relevant themes given the gender bias of the maquiladora assembly sector in the border region that has had such an important influence on the trajectory of integration. As the editors point out, since NAFTA there has been increasing feminist enquiry using a North American regional perspective, and other areas of research such as feminist US-Mexican border studies have also expanded. The contributors consider rights, identity and citizenship and ask how feminist scholars can better come to terms with regional free trade agendas and regulatory processes and global financial architecture as they shape understandings of “North America”.