Feminist International Relations: An Unfinished Journey / Edition 1

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Overview

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

Acknowledgments
Pt. I Introduction
1 Looking backwards and forwards at International Relations around feminism 3
2 Introducing Elshtain, Enloe, and Tickner: looking at key feminist efforts before journeying on 18
Pt. II Sightings
3 Handmaids' tales of Washington power: the abject and the real Kennedy White House 53
4 Reginas in international relations: occlusions, cooperations, and Zimbabwean cooperatives 85
5 The White Paper trailing 106
6 Picturing the Cold War: an eye graft/art graft 122
7 Four international Dianas: Andy's tribute 147
Pt. III Sitings
8 The emperors' theories and transformations: looking at the field through feminist lenses 159
9 Feminists and realists view autonomy and obligation in international relations 182
10 Some dangers in merging feminist and peace projects 207
11 Gendered development imaginaries: shall we dance, Pygmalion? 224
12 Empathetic cooperation: a feminist method for IR 242
Pt. IV Citings
13 Feminist arts of International Relations 267
14 Internations of feminism and International Relations 287
References 317
Index 347
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