Feminist International Relations: An Unfinished Journey / Edition 1

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Christine Sylvester examines the history of feminists' efforts to include gender relations in the study of international relations. Tracing the author's own "journey" through the subject, as well as the work of the other leading feminist scholars, the book examines theories, methods, people and locations which have been neglected by conventional scholarship. It will be of interest to scholars and students of International Relations, Women's and Gender Studies, and Postcolonial Studies.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...inspiring, innovative, challenging...Sylvester's feminist voyage through International Relations has produced some extraordinarily good work." Contemporary Sociology

"...a tantalizing read that teases the reader into critical reflection about feminist theory and IR theory as much through its style as through it substantive claims. Most of all, it provokes the reader through its refusal to assert any definitive conclusion about what feminism brings to IR or IR to feminism. The book is more than an intellectual autobiography (though it certainly is that)—it is also a serious contribution to the ongoing dialogue between feminist and IR theory." Ethics & International Affairs

"Christine Sylvester's enormous versatility as a scholar is evident in this compilation of her many essays...Feminist International Relations is an important book for students of IR, not only because it brings together in one place [her] many writings, but also because it pushes scholars of IR to reckon with the enormous fecundity of feminist approaches and their ability to open up new ways of 'sighting,' 'siting,' and 'citing.' She is a bold and imaginative thinker and writer, and her feminist interventions in IR challenge a field in which 'a conversation, to say nothing of a debate, on gender and IR has simply not occupied any center stage.'" Perspectives on Politics

"For the patient patient and the initiated, the collection provides insight on how a feminist approach to international relations developed (although omitting a number of important works) and what methods might usefully advance the approach. Recommended for graduate and research collections." Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521796279
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations Series, #77
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine Sylvester is Professor of Women and Development Studies at the Institute of Social Studies, The Hague, Netherlands. Her publications include Producing Women and Progress in Zimbabwe: Narratives of Identity and Work from the 1980s (2000), Feminist Theory and International Relations in a Postmodern Era (1994) and Zimbabwe: The Terrain of Contradictory Development (1991).

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Table of Contents

Part I. Introductions: Part II. Sightings: 1. Handmaids' tales of Washington power: the abject and the real Kennedy White House; 2. Reginas in international relations: occlusions, cooperations, and Zimbabwean cooperatives; 3. The white paper trailing; 4. Picturing the Cold War; an eyegraft/art graft; 5. Four international Dianas: Andy's tribute; Part III. Sitings: 6. The emperors theories and transformations; looking at the field through feminist lenses; 7. Feminists and realists view autonomy and obligation in international relations; 8. Some dangers in merging feminist and peace projects; 9. Gendered development imaginaries: shall we dance Pygmalion?; 10. Emphatic cooperation: a feminist method for IR; Part IV. Citings: 11. Feminist arts of international relations; 12. Internations of feminism and international relations.

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