Bringing together the views of expatriate, exiled, and emigre feminists from various parts of the world, this collection explores themes of exile, home, displacement, and the practice of feminism across national boundaries. The thirteen articles presented here originated with a conference on emigre feminism held at Trent University in October 1996. The authors, most of them w living in Canada, are scholars from South Africa, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Greece, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Turkey, Iran, Finland and New Zealand. Their views have been shaped by their experience of specific political and ecomic changes, such as the dismantling of communism or apartheid, the rise of religious fundamentalism, or rapid marketization. Together the essays offer a rich diversity of intellectual, political, cultural, and religious perspectives. This book adds a new dimension to our understanding of expatriation by putting a feminist face on the emigre experience.
Alena Heitlinger is Professor of Sociology, Trent University.