The Global and the Intimate
The personal and the political, the public and the private: The Global and the Intimate issue of WSQ extends the feminist tradition by forging this new pairing for our time. The domain of intimacy is that of the private sphere, of the interior, of mental life; of individuals and the bonds between them; of touching, feeling, and reacting; of the local, the idiosyncratic, and the personal. How do intimate structures inhere in the global, too often imagined as undifferentiated, impersonal and diffuse space? How do we connect the intimate with the global, and what do such connections reveal about the ways in which we order our worlds?
Grand narratives of globalization have frequently adopted a gender-neutral (and implicitly masculine) stance, while women typically are represented as pure victims of globalization, either coerced to migrate or limited to the local scale, mired in their bodies and familial relations. We seek to push past this dichotomy and, by doing so, to locate agency for women and to understand how deeply global forces penetrate the intimate spaces of our psyches and bodies.