Gender Matters in Global Politics : A Feminist Introduction to International Relations

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-02-01
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Gender Matters in Global Politicsis a comprehensive textbook for advanced undergraduates studying feminism & international relations, gender and global politics and similar courses. It provides students with an accessible but in-depth account of the most significant theories, methodologies, debates and issues. This textbook is written by an international line-up of established and emerging scholars from a range of theoretical perspectives, providing students with provocative and cutting-edge insights into the study and practices of (how) gender matters in global politics. Key features and benefits of the book: Introduces students to the wide variety of feminist and gender theory and explains the relevance to contemporary global politics. Explains the insights of feminist theory for a range of other disciplines including international relations, international political economy and security studies. Addresses a large number of key contemporary issues such as human rights, trafficking, rape as a tool of war, peacekeeping and state-building, terrorism and environmental politics. Features extensive pedagogy to facilitate learning #xE2;#xAC;#x1C; seminar exercises, text boxes, photographs, suggestions for further reading, web resources and a glossary of key terms. In this innovative and groundbreaking textbook gender is represented as a noun, a verb and a logic, allowing both students and lecturers to develop a sophisticated understanding of the crucial role that gender plays in the theories, policies and practices of global politics.

Author Biography

Laura J. Shepherd is a Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS), University of Birmingham. She teaches and researches in the areas of gender politics, international relations and critical security studies.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Forewordp. xvii
Glossaryp. xix
Theory/Practicep. 1
Sex or Gender? Bodies in World Politics and Why Gender Mattersp. 3
Ontologies, Epistemologies, Methodologiesp. 17
Feminist International Relations: Making Sense ...p. 28
Postcolonial Theories and Challenges to 'First World-ism'p. 44
Ethics and The Human Subjectp. 59
Ethicsp. 61
Body Politics: Human Rights in International Relationsp. 74
Trafficking in Human Beingsp. 89
Violence and Securityp. 103
Militarism and Warp. 105
The 'War on Terrorism'p. 116
Genocide and Mass Violencep. 127
Sexual Violence in Warp. 148
Peacekeeping, Peacebuilding and Post-conflict Reconstructionp. 161
Cyborg Soldiers and Militarised Masculinitiesp. 176
Political Economyp. 187
Mainstreaming Gender in International Institutionsp. 189
International/Global Political Economyp. 204
Development Institutions and Neoliberal Globalisationp. 218
Production, Employment and Consumptionp. 234
Identities, Orders, Bordersp. 249
Migrationp. 251
Religionp. 265
Nationalismp. 280
Transnational Activismp. 292
Information, Communication, Technologyp. 307
Popular Culture and the Politics of the Visualp. 309
Sex, Gender and Cyberspacep. 326
Conclusionp. 347
Bibliographyp. 351
Indexp. 409
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