Gender and International Relations

Gender and International Relations : An Introduction

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This book provides a clear and accessible guide for the reader new to the study of gender issues, feminist theories and International Relations - nationalisms and political identity, the state, citizenship and conceptions of political community, security, global political economy and development - to illustrate how gender is central to all of these areas. Drawing upon feminist scholarship from across the social sciences, the text also demonstrates the uses of feminism as critique, and introduces the reader to contemporary theoretical debates in International Relations in ways that ground the discussion in concrete concerns and easily understandable issues. The book will be of particular interest to students and teachers of International Relations. However, since the text assumes no prior knowledge of gender, feminism or International Relations, it will also be useful to the general reader interested in exploring the complexities of thinking about gender issues and feminism in a global context.show more

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  • Hardback | 232 pages
  • 152 x 229mm | 652g
  • Polity Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
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  • 0745613098
  • 9780745613093

Table of contents

Introduction. 1. Gender, Feminism and International Relations. 2. Feminism and Critiques of the 'Orthodoxy'. 3. States, Nationalisms and Gendered Identities. 4. The 'Warrior Hero' and the Patriarchal State. 5. Feminist Perspectives on Security. 6. The Gender Dimension of Global Political Economy and Development. 7. Reconstructions and Resistances. Notes. Index.show more

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"Jill Steans' Gender and International Relations provides a wonderfully lucid and insightful overview of the rapidly growing body of feminist IR scholarship. The author not only sensitizes the reader to differences among feminist approaches, but also clearly stakes out feminist IR's place within the so-called Third Debate. In addition to providing a critique of the more traditional IR concerns like the state, nation(alism) and security, the text addresses questions of development and global political economy as well. This text is a must for IR theory courses. I will definitely recommend it to my colleagues and students." Marianne Marchand, University of Amsterdam "This is an exceptionally well written and accessible introduction to the relationship between gender and International Relations. Jill Steans has produced a much needed guide to one of the most important areas of contemporary International Relations theory and practice. This will surely become a standard introductory text for courses on gender and International Relations." Steve Smith, University of Wales "Jill Steans has written an excellent introductory study of feminist contributions to IR theory - challenging in approach, and comprehensive in range." Fred Halliday, London School of Economics and Political Science "A timely introduction on the relevance of gender to international relations theory." Journal of Peace Research "Extensive, expansive book ... She has negotiated a careful balance between complex material and accessibility. The result is a student-friendly text that can function equally as a resource and support for teaching academics, especially those who wish to introduce feminist perspectives in their teaching of IR. Her book is generous, comprehensive and thought-provoking." Australian Journal of Political Scienceshow more

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