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.