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 33: Critical perspectives on gender, food and political economy

Merisa S. Thompson

Abstract

Over the past two decades there has been an explosion of studies on food. Just as the significance of food permeates the social, environmental, cultural, economic and political domains, food studies scholarship has developed in an interdisciplinary spirit across sociology, geography, anthropology and International Political Economy (IPE). However, both critical IPE scholarship on food and critical agri-food studies have in the main failed to incorporate or enter into a dialogue with a feminist or gendered analysis. At the same time, feminist IPE debates have rarely found expression in debates around food. A feminist IPE of food is therefore something of a patchwork. This chapter, although not exhaustive, maps some of the key scholarship and issues in this area, and argues that in order to understand the political economy of food we need insights from both material and cultural analyses.

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