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 11: Feminist engagements with ‘everyday life’

Stephanie M. Redden


In this chapter the author examines what insights Henri Lefebvre’s work—in particular his three-volume Critique of Everyday Life – can offer feminist International Political Economy (IPE) scholars. While Lefebvre alludes to the importance that women have in relation to the everyday – and ultimately the critique of everyday life – the author argues that he does not push these connections far enough. More specifically, had Lefebvre explored in more depth the important connection he begins to make between women and the everyday – and thus reading the everyday as a highly gendered space – he would not have conceived of ‘total woman’ (volume II, 2002) as almost entirely passive, but rather as a figure that holds the potential to surpass the critical capabilities of ‘transitional man’ (volume I, 2008). However, despite the problematic aspects of Lefebvre’s work outlined, the author ultimately concludes that his work offers valuable theoretical insights for feminist IPE scholars.

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