Title Governance Feminism: Notes from the Field
Author Janet Halley, Prabha Kotiswaran, Rachel Rebouché, Hila Shamir
ISBN 9780816698509
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 608
Book size 140 x 216 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher University of Minnesota Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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An interdisciplinary, multifaceted look at feminist engagements with governance across the global North and global South

Governance Feminism: Notes from the Field brings together nineteen chapters from leading feminist scholars and activists to critically describe and assess contemporary feminist engagements with state and state-like power. Gathering examples from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, it complements and expands on the companion volume Governance Feminism: An Introduction. Its chapters argue that governance feminism (GF) is institutionally diverse and globally distributed—emerging from traditional sites of state power as well as from various forms of governance and operating at the grassroots level, in the private sector, in civil society, and in international relations. 

The book begins by confronting the key role that crime and punishment play in GFeminist projects. Here, contributors explore the ideological and political conditions under which this branch of GF became so robust and rethink the carceral turn. Other chapters speak to another face of GFeminism: feminists finding, in mundane and seemingly unspectacular bureaucratic tools, leverage to bring about change in policy and governance practices. Several contributions highlight the political, strategic, and ethical challenges that feminists and LGBT activists must negotiate to play on the governmental field. The book concludes with a focus on feminist interventions in postcolonial legal and political orders, looking at new policy spaces opened up by conflict, postconflict, and occupation.

Providing a clear, cross-cutting, critical lens through which to map developments in feminist governance around the world, Governance Feminism: Notes from the Field makes sense of the costs and benefits of current feminist realities to reimagine feminist futures.


Preface (Janet Halley, Prabha Kotiswaran, Rachel Rebouché, and Hila Shamir)

Part I. Feminism Wields the Sword

Chapter 1. Feminist Governance and International Law: From Liberal to Carceral Feminism (Karen Engle)

Chapter 2. The Politics of Sex, Rights, and Freedom in Contemporary Anti-trafficking Campaigns
(Elizabeth Bernstein)

Chapter 3. The Charybdis of Rape Myth Discourse (Helen Reece)

Chapter 4. Governance Feminism in New York’s Human Trafficking Intervention Courts (Amy J. Cohen and Aya Gruber)

Chapter 5. An Accidental Governance Feminist: An Interview with Kate Mogulescu (Amy J. Cohen and
Aya Gruber)

Chapter 6. The Unintended Consequences of Domestic Violence Criminalization: Reassessing a Governance Feminist Success Story (Leigh Goodmark)


Part II. The Long March through the Institutions

Chapter 7. Governing Sex through Bureaucracy (Jacob Gersen and Jeannie Suk Gersen)

Chapter 8. Feminism, Law, and Epidemiology in the AIDS Response (Aziza Ahmed)

Chapter 9. Contesting Feminism’s Institutional Doubles: Troubling the Security Council’s Women Peace and Security Agenda (Dianne Otto)

Chapter 10. Sex Quotas and Burkini Bans (Darren Rosenblum)


Part III: Ideological Trajectories for GFeminists

Chapter 11. From Bad to Worse via a Successful Constitutional Challenge: The Tragedy of Feminist Engagement with Prostitution Law Reform in Canada (Mariana Valverde)

Chapter 12. “You Play, You Pay”: Feminists and Child Support Enforcement in the United States (Libby Adler and Janet Halley)

Chapter 13. Governance Feminism in the French Republic: Veils, Parité, and Feminists (Maleiha Malik)

Chapter 14. Gay Governance: A Queer Critique (Aeyal Gross)

Part IV. Postcolonial Feminists in Global/Local Struggle

Chapter 15. Governance Feminism’s Others: Sex Workers and India’s Rape Law Reforms (Prabha Kotiswaran)

Chapter 16. A Cry for Madness: Governance Feminism and Neoliberal Consonance in Pakistan (Vanja Hamzic)

Chapter 17. Finding and Losing Feminism in Transition: The Costs of the Continuum Hypothesis for Women in Colombia (Isabel Cristina Jaramillo Sierra)

Chapter 18. Follow the Numbers: Global Governmentality and the Violence against Women Agenda in Occupied Palestine (Rema Hammami)

Chapter 19. Indebted: The Cruel Optimism of Leaning in to Empowerment (Vasuki Nesiah)




About the Editors:

Janet Halley is Royall Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.

Prabha Kotiswaran is professor of law and social justice at King’s College London.

Rachel Rebouché is professor of law at Temple University Beasley School of Law.

Hila Shamir is associate professor at Tel-Aviv University Faculty of Law.

Target Audience:

People interested in gender studies, law and political science.

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