3rd Edition

Gender Matters in Global Politics A Feminist Introduction to International Relations

Edited By Laura J. Shepherd, Caitlin Hamilton Copyright 2023
    428 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    428 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Gender Matters in Global Politics is a comprehensive textbook for advanced undergraduates studying politics, international relations, development and similar courses. It provides students with an accessible but in-depth account of feminist methodologies, gender theory and feminist approaches to key topics and themes in global politics.

    This textbook is written by an international line-up of established and emerging scholars from a range of theoretical perspectives, bringing together cutting-edge feminist scholarship in a variety of areas.

    This fully revised and updated third edition:

    • introduces students to feminist and gender theory and explains the relevance to contemporary global politics;
    • explains the insights of feminist theory for a range of fields of study, including international relations, international political economy and security studies;
    • presents feminist approaches to key contemporary issues such as climate change, digital politics, war and militarism, disability and global health; and
    • features pedagogical tools and resources, including discussion questions, suggestions for further reading and online resources.

    This text enables students to develop a sophisticated understanding of the work that gender does in policies and practices of global politics.

    Support material for this book can be found at: www.routledge.com/9780367477608.


    Cynthia Enloe


    1. Introduction
      Laura J. Shepherd and Caitlin Hamilton
    2. Feminist International Relations
      Cristina Masters and Marysia Zalewski
    3. Creativity and Feminist Knowledge
      shine choi
    4. Feminist Methodology
      Roxani Krystalli
    5. Intersectionality
      Celeste Montoya
    6. (Why) Gender Matters in Global Politics
      Laura J. Shepherd

    7. SECTION 2

    8. Advocacy, Activism and Resistance
      Valentine M. Moghadam
    9. Art and Aesthetics
      Roland Bleiker and Emma Hutchison
    10. Body Politics
      Wendy Harcourt
    11. Care Work
      Christina Gabriel
    12. Development
      Alba Rosa Boer Cueva
    13. Digital Politics
      William Clapton
    14. Disability
      Ana Bê
    15. Ecology/Environment
      Emma Foster
    16. Global Governance
      Penny Griffin
    17. Global Health
      Sara E. Davies
    18. International/Global Political Economy
      V. Spike Peterson
    19. International Law
      Sara Bertotti
    20. Land, Water and Food
      Monika Barthwal-Datta and Soumita Basu
    21. Migration and Displacement
      Lucy Hall
    22. Militarism and Security
      Megan MacKenzie and Nicole Wegner
    23. Nationalism and Populism
      Dibyesh Anand
    24. Peace
      Catia C. Confortini and Annick T. R. Wibben
    25. Queer Politics
      Rahul Rao
    26. ‘Race’ and Coloniality
      Columba Achilleos-Sarll
    27. Religion
      Katherine E. Brown
    28. Terrorism and Political Violence
      Caron Gentry and Laura Sjoberg
    29. Violence
      Swati Parashar



    Laura J. Shepherd is a Professor of International Relations at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her primary research focuses on the United Nations Security Council’s ‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda, and the motifs of gender, violence and security that animate it.

    Caitlin Hamilton is a researcher, writer and editor. She holds a doctorate in International Relations and has industry experience across law, education, publishing, not-for-profit and government. She is also the founder of Hamilton Editorial.