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 16: Social reproduction: from welfare to the global prison?

Victoria Pereyra Iraola


This chapter explores the gendered political economy dynamics embedded in the increasing numbers of prison populations that have been unfolding since 2000 in almost all continents around the world. It reviews feminist prison political economies and their contribution to the study of the relationship between the feminization of labour, the reduction of welfare budgets and the increase in women’s imprisonment. It also notes the ways in which welfare and labour are imbricated in prison governance. Finally, the chapter argues for the need to advance theoretical and empirical work on the ways in which imprisonment permeates social reproduction and care responsibilities beyond prison institutions. By focusing on gender relations in, around and beyond female and male prisons, it suggests that feminist political economy has a role to play in the unpacking of the complex ways in which imprisonment permeates household arrangements in poor and racialized communities.

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