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 19: Remittances in the global political economy

Rahel Kunz


Since the late 1990s, remittances – the money that migrant workers send to their families or communities of origin – have become a hot topic in the international development community, which praises their miraculous potential to promote development. The gender dimensions of remittances have recently come into focus, with policy and media narratives emphasizing the empowerment potential of remittances for women and promoting women as better remitters and receivers. Approaching the issue from a feminist International Political Economy perspective, this chapter analyses two key gendered narratives on remittances within the international development community to show how these narratives normalize particular gendered forms of remittance behaviour, reproduce gender stereotypes and a heteronormative model of the transnational family, and contribute to legitimize particular gendered policy interventions. In order to move away from essentializing and behaviouralist analyses, we need to revise the ways in which we analyse the links between gender, remittances and development.

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