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2nd Edition

Gender Matters in Global Politics
A Feminist Introduction to International Relations

Edited By

Laura J. Shepherd

ISBN 9780415715218
Published July 14, 2014 by Routledge
480 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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

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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.


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.