Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts
Adrienne Roberts and Juanita Elias
This chapter provides an overview of feminist research on global financial crises from the 1980s onwards. This research has shown that a gender analysis is essential to comprehending (1) the causes of financial crises, (2) the impacts of financial crises, and (3) the responses to financial crises. Feminist work serves to elucidate how finance and its crises are not separate from but rather deeply embedded in broader social relations, including gender relations. Mainstream and critical analyses of finance tend to focus on so-called ‘high politics’; centralizing global relations of lending, borrowing and exchange, financial governance, and, particularly since 2008, central banking. Feminist scholarship has consistently argued that these macro-level practices affect and are affected by structures of gender on the one hand, and a host of micro-level relations on the other. The chapter thus points to the need to consider the interaction between finance and the social organization of gender relations.
Edited by Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts
Gábor Csanádi, Adrienne Csizmady and Péter Róbert
Catia Gregoratti, Adrienne Roberts and Sofie Tornhill
The aim of this chapter is to document and critically analyze some of the debates around the supposed commensurability between gender equality and corporate rule. The authors survey a range initiatives and claims that emphasize the need to integrate women into the labour force, into corporate supply chains, and/or into top management roles of a growing number of corporations. These initiatives are underpinned by the ‘business case’ for gender equality, which, as feminists have argued, is deeply problematic in many of its assumptions. The authors map out some findings of ethnographic research on corporate-led empowerment initiatives aimed at women in the Global South, suggesting that these largely substantiate many of the concerns voiced by critical feminists. However, they further note that as these projects garner resistance from those social forces that they seek to silence and/or co-opt, they become central sites of feminist activism.