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Feminist Theory and International Relations in a Postmodern Era

Feminist Theory and International Relations in a Postmodern Era

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Part of Cambridge Studies in International Relations

  • Date Published: February 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521459846

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About the Authors
  • This book argues that the identities and activities commonly associated with women have been eliminated from the theories formulated about international relations. The author points out that these theories often rely on the hidden activities of women and their assigned tasks in life to establish a sphere of politics that is for men only. Using case studies of the Greenham Common Women's Peace Camp in the UK, and of Zimbabwean women's efforts to secure international funding for producer cooperatives, the book explores the possibility of undermining the masculine identity politics of international relations.

    • Looks at the development of IR theory from World War I to the present day from a variety of feminist perspectives
    • Elaborates a new feminist method for looking at IR, and uses case studies of the Greenham Peace Camp and Zimbabwean women's groups
    • There is considerable and growing interest in the application of feminist theory to IR, and Sylvester is one of the leading names
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The 'coversation' (as opposed to yet another debate) Sylvester hopes to stimulate among feminists inside and outside IR, other critics of IR, and even IR proponents is an urgent one in the face of the new world (dis)order." Anne Sisson Runyan, Women & Politics

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521459846
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: contestation and El(l)e-phants
    Sketches of feminisms first wave in anticipation of chapter one
    1. The palette of feminist epistemologies and practices
    2. The early field of IR - musings, assertions, debates, and (now) feminist interruptions
    3. The second debate in IR revisited by feminists
    4. The third debate in IR visited by feminists
    5. Feminist homesteadings of security and cooperation
    6. Repainting the canvases of IR.

  • Author

    Christine Sylvester, Northern Arizona University

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