Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender
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Handbook on the International Political Economy of Gender

Edited by Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts

This Handbook brings together leading interdisciplinary scholarship on the gendered nature of the international political economy. Spanning a wide range of theoretical traditions and empirical foci, it explores the multifaceted ways in which gender relations constitute and are shaped by global politico-economic processes. It further interrogates the gendered ideologies and discourses that underpin everyday practices from the local to the global. The chapters in this collection identify, analyse, critique and challenge gender-based inequalities, whilst also highlighting the intersectional nature of gendered oppressions in the contemporary world order.
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Chapter 6: Gender, IPE and poststructuralism: problematizing the material/discursive divide

Penny Griffin


Poststructuralism has made inroads into International Political Economy (IPE), yet poststructural interventions have been both disparate and sporadic, with gendered poststructural interventions yet sparser. Accused of abstractionism and the obscuration of ‘material conditions’, poststructuralism in IPE (as elsewhere) has often been mis-characterized and mis-represented by its critics. Examples of poststructural gender work on the global political economy show, however, that poststructural IPE’s gender scholars are rarely complicit in the assumed theory/practice divide on which critics have focused. As these, imaginative and important, gendered approaches increase in number and significance, they offer crucial opportunities for tracing pathways through the lives and practices of the global political economy. This chapter considers how poststructural gender approaches to IPE challenge us to think differently about the world, using examples of poststructuralism’s practitioners and their critics in IPE to show how such approaches are opening space for the emergence of non-traditional IPE agendas.

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