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The Political Economy of Global Remittances

Gender, Governmentality and Neoliberalism, 1st Edition

By Rahel Kunz


226 pages

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Over the last decade, a new phenomenon has emerged within the international community: the Global Remittances Trend (GRT). Thereby, government institutions, international (financial) organisations, NGOs and private sector actors have become interested in migration and remittances and their potential for poverty reduction and development, and have started to devise institutions and policies to harness this potential.

This book employs a gender-sensitive governmentality analysis to trace the emergence of the GRT, to map its conceptual and institutional elements, and to examine its broader implications. Through an analysis of the GRT at the international level, combined with an in-depth case study on Mexico, this book demonstrates that the GRT is instrumental in spreading and deepening specific forms of gendered neoliberal governmentality.

This innovative book will be of interest to students and scholars of political science, international relations, sociology, development studies, economics, gender studies and Latin American studies.


"A timely analysis of the institutional and conceptual discourses about remittances. The Political Economy of Global Remittances clearly shows how the growth and persistence of the GRT has come about and reveals some of the problematic implications of its narrow macroeconomic understanding of remittances. Kunz provides interesting reflections for researchers working on remittances." - Marta Bivand Erdal, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, 2012, Vol. 30

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. A Gender-Sensitive Governmentality Approach 3. The GRT in the International Realm 4. The GRT in Mexico 5. The Power Technologies and Subjectivities of the GRT in Mexico 6. Resistance and Empowerment within the GRT in Mexico 7. Conclusion

About the Author

Rahel Kunz is a Researcher and Lecturer at the Political Science Department, University of Lucerne, Switzerland.

About the Series

RIPE Series in Global Political Economy

For almost two decades now, the RIPE Series published by Routledge has been an essential forum for cutting-edge scholarship in International Political Economy. The series brings together new and established scholars working in critical, cultural and constructivist political economy. Books in the RIPE Series typically combine an innovative contribution to theoretical debates with rigorous empirical analysis.

The RIPE Series seeks to cultivate:

  • Field-defining theoretical advances in International Political Economy
  • Novel treatments of key issue areas, both historical and contemporary, such as global finance, trade, and production
  • Analyses that explore the political economic dimensions of relatively neglected topics, such as the environment, gender relations, and migration
  • Accessible work that will inspire advanced undergraduates and graduate students in International Political Economy.

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