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Working Feminism by Geraldine Pratt
  

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Working Feminism by Geraldine Pratt

Working Feminism looks at key concepts and debates within feminist theory and puts them to work concretely in relation to the real problems faced by Filipina domestic workers and Asian youth in Canada. Geraldine Pratt draws to the fore the metaphorical and concrete geographies that lie implicit and underdeveloped within much feminist theory and suggests that a geographical imagination offers a means of reframing debates beyond polarized theoretical and political positions. Alternating between theoretical and empirical chapters, substantial and wide-ranging discussions of human rights, multiculturalism, and feminist politics are brought down to earth and by putting them into the context of individual predicaments to life. The empirical chapters situate and describe a decade-long collaboration by an activist group the Philippine Women Centre and demonstrate the fruits of a close and innovative engagement between poststructuralist feminist theory and a participatory action project. Geraldine Pratt is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. She is editor of Society and Space and co-editor of The Dictionary of Human Geography , 4th edition, and has published extensively in feminist and cultural geography and theory.

Reviews

Geraldine Pratt is an engaging, humorous, and provocative writer.... Working Feminism is a must-read for researchers who are interested in the politics and messiness of community collaborations; advocates and critics of feminist post-structural theories who want to see ways that theory can actively engage with the material; and feminists from other disciplines who want to gain a deeper understanding of an appreciation for the insights that a geographical imagination can bring to feminist theory. -Gender, Place, and Culture [H]ighly interesting... Pratt does an excellent job of delineating the critiques of feminist theory, and addressing each in terms of the potentials of feminist geography... [She] has definitely made much-needed contributions to poststructural feminist theory. -Working USA Pratt's scholarly presentation makes an important contribution toward understanding the problems faced by many female migrant workers, not just Filipinas... Highly recommended. -Choice Stylish and funny, Working Feminism is a wonderful, original and provocative book that splices theory, practice and empirical study in a way that few works do. The research provides important insights into many of the urgent issues in social and cultural theory of the past decade and demonstrates what a geographical imagination can do for/to social theory. -Cindi Katz, author of Growing Up Global


About the Author

Geraldine Pratt is Professor of Geography at the University of British Columbia. She is editor of Society and Space and co-editor of The Dictionary of Human Geography, 4th edition, and has published extensively in feminist and cultural geography and theory.

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Publication date

11th May 2004

Author

Geraldine Pratt

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Publisher

Temple University Press,U.S.

Format

Paperback
224 pages

Categories

Feminism & feminist theory
Social theory
Regional studies

ISBN

9781592132645

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