This book analyses changes in gender relations, as a result of globalization, in countries on the semi-periphery of power. Semi-periphery refers to those nations which are not drivers of change globally, but have enough economic and political security to have some power in determining their own responses to global forces. Individual countries obviously face challenges that are to some extent unique, although the prescriptions for economic and social restructuring are based on a common competitive logic.
Remapping Gender in the New Global Order draws on examples from four countries on the semi-periphery of power but still located in the top category of the UNDP’s Human Development Index. At one end is Norway, one of the world’s richest and most developed welfare-states, and, at the other, is Mexico, a country that is considerably poorer and more susceptible to the power of the United States and international agencies. Australia and Canada, the other two semi-peripheral countries examined, are in the middle. Also included are comparisons with the epicentre of the ‘core’ base of power – the United States.
The individual chapters focus on the effect on specific groups of people, including males and indigenous groups, the mechanisms people use to both cope with dramatic social changes, and the strategies and alliances that are used to affect the course of changes. It covers topics that range from implications of labour migration on care regimes to globalism’s effect on masculinity and the ‘male breadwinner’ model.
1. Remapping Gender in the New Global Order Part 1: Changing Gender Landscapes of Globalization 2. The Shifts in Gender Norms through Globalization: Gender on the Semi-periphery of Power 3. Gender, Care Work and Globalization: Local Problems and Transnational Solutions in the Norwegian Welfare State 4. Northward Bound Mexican Labour Migration with a Gender Perspective 5. The Problem of Social Reproduction under Neoliberalism: Reconfiguring the Male-breadwinner Model in Australia Part 2: Remapping Gendered Spaces 6. Masculinity and Masculinism under Globalization: Reflections on the Canadian Case 7. Indigenous Peoples and the Topography of Gender in Mexico and Canada 8. Women’s Activism and the Marketing of the Nonprofit Community 9. Canada’s 3-D’s: The Rise and Decline of the Gender-based Policy Capacity Part 3: Surviving and Resistance: Strategies and Action 10. Reordering Globalism?: Feminist and Women’s Movements in the Semi-Periphery 11. Engendering Accountability in Government Budgets in Mexico 12. Transnational Class and Gender Networking between the North and the South: Overcoming Diversity or Reproducing Dependencies?
'As a research tool this book is very useful, providing avenues of further research through its large number of references for each chapter and statistical details'. - Linda Ding Watterson, MC Reviews