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 3: Postcolonial feminism

Sheila Nair


This chapter surveys the scholarly feminist literature with a view to situating postcolonial feminism, and the significance of a postcolonial feminist study of the international political economy. It discusses some of the similarities and differences across feminist theories such as liberal, materialist, critical race and women of color and postmodern feminism. Key contributions of feminist scholars and works are referenced and discussed. The chapter addresses the ways postcolonial feminism has been informed by debates in feminist theory, and how it engages with and is situated in relation to these other perspectives. The chapter suggests that postcolonial feminism draws attention to overlooked sites of marginality and hierarchy in the global economy and enables a decolonial and anti-colonial stance that inscribes and narrates the margins distinct from other critical feminist perspectives. In so doing, the chapter argues, postcolonial feminism centers gendered, sexualized, classed and racialized oppression and exploitation while resisting neoliberalism’s staging of the redemptive narratives of capitalism and liberal democracy. The chapter explores further the vulnerabilities of postcolonial feminism to critiques that it minimizes the deeper structural implications of marginality and asymmetry because of its postmodern roots and orientation and responds to that critique.

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