1st Edition

Feminism and International Relations Conversations about the Past, Present and Future

Edited By J. Ann Tickner, Laura Sjoberg Copyright 2011
    288 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    288 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Feminist International Relations scholarship in the United States recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Over those years, feminist researchers have made substantial progress concerning the question of how gender matters in global politics, global economics, and global culture. The progress has been noted both in the academic field of international relations and, increasingly, in the policy world.

    Celebrating these achievements, this book constructs conversations about the history, present state of, and future of feminist International Relations as a field across subfields of IR, continents, and generations of scholars. Providing an overview and assessment of what it means to "gender" IR in the 21st century, the volume has a unique format: it features a series of intellectual conversations, presenting cutting-edge research in the field, with provocative comments from senior scholars. It examines issues including global governance, the United Nations, war, peace, security, science, beauty, and human rights and addresses key questions including:

    • What does viewing the diverse problems of global politics through gendered lenses look like in the 21st Century?
    • How do feminisms accommodate differences in culture, race, and religion?
    • How do feminist theoretical and policy analyses fit together?

    These conversations about feminist IR are accessible to non-specialist audiences and will be of interest to students and scholars of Gender Studies, Feminist Politics and International Relations.

    1. Introduction: International Relations through Feminist Lenses Laura Sjoberg and J. Ann Tickner  2. Reclaiming Agency for Social Change: Feminism, International Relation and the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1945 -1975 Catia Confortini Engagement by Brooke Ackerly  3. Pursuing Interests Which are Both Deep and Wide: Women's Human Rights and the United Nations Abigail Ruane Engagement by Brent Steele  4. Feminist Problems with Norms: Gender Mainstreaming in Global Governance Jacqui True Engagement by Jane Jaquette  5. Security as Emancipation: A Feminist Perspective Soumita Basu Engagement by Laura Sjoberg  6. Russian Veterans of the Chechen Wars: A Feminist Analysis of Militarized Masculinity Maya Eichler Engagement by Cynthia Enloe  7. The Technoscience Question in Feminist IR: Unmanning the U.S.War on Terror Eric M.Blanchard  Engagement by Sandra Harding  8. Targeting Women in Wars: Gender and Intentional Civilian Death Laura Sjoberg and Jessica Peel Engagement by J.Ann Tickner 9. Beauty and the Quinceanera: Reproductive, Productive and Virtual Dimensions of the Global Political Economy of Beauty Angela McCracken Engagment by V. Spike Peterson  10. Conclusion


    J. Ann Tickner is a Professor in the School of International Relations at the University of Southern California.Her principle areas of research include international theory, peace and security, and feminist approaches to international relations. She is the author of Gendering World Politics and Gender in International Relations.

    Laura Sjoberg is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Florida. Her research is in the area of gender and war. She is the author of Gender, Justice, and the Wars in Iraq and (with Caron Gentry) Mothers ,Monsters, Whores: Women’s Violence in Global Politics.