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 20: Financial crises in historical perspective

Adrienne Roberts and Juanita Elias

Abstract

This chapter provides an overview of feminist research on global financial crises from the 1980s onwards. This research has shown that a gender analysis is essential to comprehending (1) the causes of financial crises, (2) the impacts of financial crises, and (3) the responses to financial crises. Feminist work serves to elucidate how finance and its crises are not separate from but rather deeply embedded in broader social relations, including gender relations. Mainstream and critical analyses of finance tend to focus on so-called ‘high politics’; centralizing global relations of lending, borrowing and exchange, financial governance, and, particularly since 2008, central banking. Feminist scholarship has consistently argued that these macro-level practices affect and are affected by structures of gender on the one hand, and a host of micro-level relations on the other. The chapter thus points to the need to consider the interaction between finance and the social organization of gender relations.

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