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 26: Transnational care work and the ‘care crisis’

Hironori Onuki

Abstract

A mounting crisis of care on a global scale has become one of urgent concern during the last several decades. With such a trend in mind, this chapter addresses how and with what consequences has care work become a transnational commodity. More specifically, drawing on the wide-ranging and rich feminist literature on care and migration in International Political Economy (IPE) and other fields, it seeks to demonstrate: (a) how the escalated commodification of care work on a global scale creates, and is promoted by, the contradictions and tensions within the contemporary crisis; and, (b) how this has perpetuated the geopolitical as well as gendered, racialized and classed inequalities. The primary objective of the chapter is to highlight some future research agendas in order to critically tackle the global care crisis in the neoliberal order.

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