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 5: Constructivist thought in feminist IPE: tracking gender norms

Gülay Çağlar

Abstract

This chapter traces the different threads of constructivist thought in feminist International Political Economy (IPE). Feminist IPE shares a number of characteristics with constructivist IPE. While constructivist scholarship, however, largely ignores gender as an analytical category, feminist scholars elucidate how the global political economy takes shape through gender relations. However, as this chapter shows, the extent to which and how the gendered construction of the global economy is examined in feminist IPE largely depends on the theoretical point of departure and the specific conceptualization of gender. The chapter depicts the ways in which social construction matters in feminist IPE analysis by focusing on two dimensions – the socio-economic dimension of reproduction/production and the institutional dimension of global economic governance. Looking at each of these dimensions helps to untangle the different mechanisms and dynamics that are at work in (re)producing and transforming gendered structures, identities and subjectivities in the global economy.

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