Women, Gender, and World Politics: Perspectives, Policies, and Prospects

Women, Gender, and World Politics: Perspectives, Policies, and Prospects

Women, Gender, and World Politics: Perspectives, Policies, and Prospects

Women, Gender, and World Politics: Perspectives, Policies, and Prospects

Synopsis

Provides a critical evaluation of the traditionalist approach to the study of world politics and incorporates a feminist perspective into international relations theory.

Excerpt

In this book, we explore a relatively new question in the study of world politics: What is the connection between gender and world politics? We do so by considering a range of viewpoints, some traditional, some new. Although many of the contributors employ a variety of Feminist perspectives, this is not exclusively a Feminist treatment of the question. Rather, we and the contributors to this volume brought our own training and experience to two basic questions: Does gender matter in world politics? How might students of world politics go about answering this question?

Some of us suspect that gender is quite important, so much so that a failure to consider it renders our understanding of world politics incomplete, incorrect, or undesirable. Others of us may be more skeptical, not certain that gender is important or as critical as other factors might be. Although we cannot encompass all the diverse literature that has emerged on women, gender, and world politics, we can provide informed commentary on three key areas: (1) the effect of gender and a gender awareness on our thinking about world politics; (2) the ways in which world politics has had a specific effect on women; and (3) how a gender consciousness might change the agenda of world politics and create a different future.

In a companion volume to this text, Women in World Politics, we examine the questions, Where are the women? How have women, from those in top leadership positions to women in revolutionary movements, shaped world politics?

We see the book you are now reading as an important complement to traditional textbooks on world politics. Its structure parallels the traditional texts, but it adds a critique of the tradition and suggests a new way to think about world politics. It makes women and women's experiences the . . .

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