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 32: The gender dynamics of trade

Zoe Pflaeger Young


The gender dynamics of trade have received little attention within literature on the political economy of trade. Feminist political economists have sought to emphasize the gendered nature of trade, which involves paying greater attention to the impacts of international trade on gender as well as the ways in which gender inequalities interact with other forms of inequality to shape the nature and outcomes of trade policy itself. Feminist literature goes beyond the focus on trade policy and institutions to consider the complex and often contradictory relationship between the structures and practices of international trade and everyday forms of gendered inequality, such as gendered access to employment opportunities and resources and the gendered division of labour within the household. This chapter outlines this gendered approach to trade as well as feminist interventions in trade policy that promote more gender-equitable trade and support women producers and workers in global production networks.

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