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The Global and the IntimateFeminism in Our Time$
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Victoria Rosner and Geraldine Pratt

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231154499

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231154499.001.0001

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The Global and the Intimate

(p.1) Introduction
The Global and the Intimate

Geraldine Pratt

Victoria Rosner

Columbia University Press

This book is a collection of sixteen essays that explore the ways in which the global and the intimate, typically imagined as mutually exclusive spheres, are profoundly intertwined. It instantiates feminism as the crucial third term between the global and the intimate, thus extending a longstanding feminist tradition of challenging gender-based oppositions by upending hierarchies of space and scale, while raising the possibility of allowing feminists to steer a somewhat different course through processes of globalization and relations of intimacy. It also highlights the patterns that recur when gender, sex, and the global imaginary combine, along with the global forces that undergird personal experience and exchange. Finally, it considers how national visions of the global, particularly those located in the global north, tend to exclude anything that does not align with assumptions of northern hegemony and centrality. By placing the global and the intimate into near relation, the book hopes to forge a distinctively feminist approach to pressing questions of transnational relations, economic development, global feminist mobilization, and intercultural exchange.

Keywords:   feminism, globalization, intimacy, gender, sex, transnational relations, economic development, feminist mobilization, intercultural exchange, personal experience

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