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 7: Queer theory and feminist political economy

Nicola Smith

Abstract

Queer scholarship on sexuality has often come uncoupled from debates about global capitalism but queer theorists are increasingly taking up struggles of economic and social justice as vital to those surrounding sexual justice, and vice versa. In so doing, they draw on and contribute towards the pre-existing work of feminist political economists by interrogating the linkages between heteronormative power relations and neoliberal capitalist logics. The chapter illustrates these themes through discussion of debates about the global sex industry and offers recent examples of scholarship on the theory and practice of queer sex work. It argues that queer theory and feminist political economy share a collective agenda: to situate body politics at the heart of struggles for economic and social justice.

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