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Introduction: Welcome to Women's Land, Here Is Your Umbrella
1. The Political Is Personal: From the Peace Camp and Women's Music Festivals to Women's Land
2. Are the Amazons White? Race and Space on Women's Land
3. "Now My Neighbors and Friends Are the Same People": Community, Language, and Identity
4. The Giving Tree: Gift Economies Planted in Capitalist Soil
5. The Mountain Is She: Gender as Landscape, Landscape as Gender
6. Primally Female: Agency and the Meaning of the Body on Women's Land
7. We Have Met the Enemy and She Is Us: Scapegoating Trans Bodies
8. The Hermit and the Family: Aging and Dis/Ability in Community
Afterword: Women's Lands, Women's Lives

About the Author

Keridwen N. Luis is lecturer in the departments of anthropology; women's, gender, and sexuality studies; and sociology at Brandeis University, and in the departments of women, gender, and sexuality and sociology at Harvard University.


"No foggy remnant of a dying era, lesbian (and women's) lands continue to provide meaning and solace to many women who are dissatisfied with and alienated from the dominant U.S. culture and its heterosexism. Herlands documents a particular moment in history in which a radical movement of primarily white women imagined and crafted a different world. There are few instances cross-culturally in which women have taken such dramatic steps to remake the world in their own image, which is why this story, an empathetic view of a group of women continuing to define themselves and live independently, is a must read."-Evelyn Blackwood, Purdue University"Herlands is an accessible and sympathetic ethnography of the lesbian back-to-the-land movement. Going well beyond caricatures of landdykes, Keridwen N. Luis shows the promise of feminist intentional communities-their enactment of utopic ideals of collectivity, feminist embodiment, and ecofeminism-without sidelining how the animating logic of women's nature/nature-as-woman also reproduces transphobia, white supremacy, and settler colonialism. What emerges is a complex reading of gender, race, and nature in a rural lesbian culture."-Margot Weiss, author of Techniques of Pleasure: BDSM and the Circuits of Sexuality

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