Edited by Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts
Chapter 5: Constructivist thought in feminist IPE: tracking gender norms
This chapter traces the different threads of constructivist thought in feminist International Political Economy (IPE). Feminist IPE shares a number of characteristics with constructivist IPE. While constructivist scholarship, however, largely ignores gender as an analytical category, feminist scholars elucidate how the global political economy takes shape through gender relations. However, as this chapter shows, the extent to which and how the gendered construction of the global economy is examined in feminist IPE largely depends on the theoretical point of departure and the specific conceptualization of gender. The chapter depicts the ways in which social construction matters in feminist IPE analysis by focusing on two dimensions – the socio-economic dimension of reproduction/production and the institutional dimension of global economic governance. Looking at each of these dimensions helps to untangle the different mechanisms and dynamics that are at work in (re)producing and transforming gendered structures, identities and subjectivities in the global economy.
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