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Gender Matters in Global Politics

A Feminist Introduction to International Relations, 2nd Edition

Edited by Laura J. Shepherd


480 pages | 34 B/W Illus.

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Fully revised and updated, this second edition of Gender Matters in Global Politics is 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, and brings together cutting-edge feminist scholarship in a variety of issue areas.

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 detailed pedagogical tools and resources – seminar exercises, text boxes, photographs, suggestions for further reading, web resources and a glossary of key terms
  • New chapters on - Environmental politics and ecology; War; Terrorism and political violence; Land, food and water; International legal institutions; Peacebuilding institutions and post-conflict reconstruction; Citizenship; Art, aesthetics and emotionality; and New social media and global resistance.
    • This text enables students to develop a sophisticated understanding of the work that gender does in policies and practices of global politics.


Excellent for teaching International Relations --and not just courses that are dedicated to gender or feminist IR. Nicely updated, the broad range of topics provides numerous entry points to the puzzles of our time and to the gender relations that mediate international relations. Christine Sylvester, University of Connecticut and Gothenburg University.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Theory/Practice

1. Feminist International Relations: making sense…

Marysia Zalewski

2. Ontologies, epistemologies, methodologies

Lene Hansen

3. Sex or gender? Bodies in global poliltics and why gender matters

Laura J. Shepherd

4. Postcolonial theories and challenges to 'first world-ism'

Anna M. Agathangelou and Heather M. Turcotte

Part 2: Ethics and Subjectivity

5. Ethics

Kimberly Hutchings

6. Environmental politics and ecology

Emma A. Foster

7. Body politics: gender, gender, sexuality and human rights

Jill Steans

8. Trafficking in human beings

Barbara Sullivan

Part 3: Violence and Security

9. War

Swati Parashar

10. Militarism

Cynthia Cockburn

11. Terrorism and poliltics violence

Caron Gentry and Laura Sjoberg

12. The 'war on terrorism'

Krista Hunt

13. Genocide and mass violence

Adam Jones

14. Sexual violence in war

Donna Pankhurst

Part 4: Political Economy

15. Internatinoal/global political economy

V. Spike Peterson

16. Production, employment and consumption

Juanita Elias and Lucy Ferguson

17. Land. water and food

Monika Barthwal-Datta and Soumita Basu

18. Development institutions and neliberal globalisation

Penny Griffin

Part 5: International Institutions

19. Mainstreaming gender in international institutions

Jacqui True

20. International criminal law

Rosemary Grey

21. Peacekeeping

Nadine Puechguirbal

22. Peacebuilding

Laura J. Shepherd

Part 6: Identities, Orders, Borders

23. Migration

Jindy Pettman with Lucy Hall

24. Religion

Katherine E. Brown

25. Nationalism

Dibyesh Anand

26. Citizenship, nationality and gender

Denise M. Horn

27. Transnational activism

Valentine M. Moghadam

Part 7: Information, Communication, Technology

28. Art, aesthetics and emotionality

Emma Hutchison and Roland Bleiker

29. Popular culture and the politics of the visual

Christina Rowley

30. Sex, gender, and cyberspace

M. I. Franklin

31. New social media and global resistance

Suzanne Levi-Sanchez and Sophie Toupin

About the Editor

Laura J. Shepherd is Associate Professor and Deputy Head of School, University of New South Wales, Australia. She teaches and researches in the areas of gender politics, international relations and critical security studies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Gender Studies