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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

Foreword Cynthia Enloe SECTION ONE: THEORY/PRACTICE 1.Sex or gender? Bodies in global politics and why gender matters Laura J. Shepherd 2. Ontologies, epistemologies, methodologies Lene Hansen 3. Feminist International Relations: Making Sense… Marysia Zalewski 4.Postcolonial theories and challenges to ‘first world-ism’ A. M. Agathangelou and Heather Turcotte SECTION TWO: ETHICS AND SUBJECTIVITY 5. Ethics Kimberly Hutchings 6.Environmental politics and ecology Emma A. Foster 7. Body politics: Human rights in International Relations Jill Steans 8. Trafficking in human beings Barbara Sullivan 9. Cyborg soldiers and militarised masculinities Cristina Masters SECTION THREE: VIOLENCE AND SECURITY 10. War Swati Parashar 11.Militarism Cynthia Cockburn 12. Terrorism and political violence Caron Gentry and Laura Sjoberg 13. The ‘war on terrorism’ Krista Hunt 14.Genocide and mass violence Adam Jones 15. Sexual violence in war Donna Pankhurst SECTION FOUR: POLITICAL ECONOMY 16. International/Global Political Economy V. Spike Peterson 17. Production, employment and consumption Juanita Elias and Lucy Ferguson 18.Land, food and water Monika Barthwal-Datta and Soumita Basu 19.Development institutions and neoliberal globalisation Penny Griffin SECTION FIVE: INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTIONS 20.Mainstreaming gender in international institutions Jacqui True 21. International legal institutions Rosemary Grey 22. United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations Nadine Puechguirbal 23. Peacebuilding institutions and postconflict reconstruction Donna Pankhurst SECTION SIX: IDENTITIES, ORDERS, BORDERS 24. Migration Jindy Pettman 25. Religion 26.Nationalism Dibyesh Anand 27.Citizenship Denise Horn 28. Transnational activism Valentine Moghadam SECTION SEVEN: INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION, TECHNOLOGY 29. Art, aesthetics and emotionality Emma Hutchison and Roland Bleiker 30. Popular culture and the politics of the visual Christina Rowley 31. Sex, gender, and cyberspace M. I. Franklin 32. New social media and global resistance Suzanne Levi-Sanchez. Conclusion Terrell Carver

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