Myriad has commissioned feminist analyst and commentator Cynthia Enloe to analyse why patriarchy continues to thrive, despite feminist advances.
The publisher holds world rights to The Big Push: Exposing and Challenging Sustainable Patrirachy which "pulls back the curtain on patriarchy’s current workings to reveal not only blatant sexism, but complicity and tokenism dressed up as modernisation", according to the publisher.
The blurb reads: "From the institutional acceptance of sexual harassment within major news organisations to the exclusion of Syrian women from international peace negotiations, The Big Push is an incisive exploration of contemporary culture and how we are unwittingly complicit in sustaining patriarchy – by, for example, falling into the celebrity trap, imagining that tourism is without consequence or casually using ungendered concepts (‘child marriages’) to make sense of the world".
Myriad’s publishing director Candida Lacey said: "The current political situation is the perfect opportunity to introduce Cynthia Enloe's ideas to a wider British audience. With grace and energy, and in the most accessible and inviting prose, she shows that only by asking “where are the women?” and only through making women’s experiences visible, can we engage effectively in civic life and make sense of today’s global politics."
Enloe has investigated women in the global garment, trainer, banking and banana industries, domestic work, diplomacy and militarism. She is the author of 14 books, including most recently, Globalization and Militarism (Rowman and Littlefield). Her work has been translated into French, German, Icelandic, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish. A Research Professor at Clark University, she has held professorships and lectured at universities around the world.
The Big Push will be published in October and launched at an event at Waterstones Piccadilly with Helena Kennedy QC and Melissa Benn in conversation with Professor Enloe who will be visiting the UK from Cambridge, Massachusetts.