This volume opens up a range of interesting and important questions about the real influence that international women's movements have on the international political agenda. The contributors explore the concrete impacts women have made in international areas like development theory and practice, conflict management, and the conceptualization and politics of human rights. They also reflect on how far the traditionally male-defined discipline of international relations has actually taken on board feminist thinking and to what extent it now includes a recognition of women as actors in international politics.
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About the Author
Marianne Braig is Professor of Development Studies, and Sonja Woelte is a Junior Lecturer and Research Associate for Feminism and International Relations, both in the Institute for Comparative Politics and International Relations at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Common Ground or Mutual Exclusion? Women's Movements in International Relations--Marianne Braig & Sonja Wölte
• Part I: Feminist Political and Theoretical Practice: Between Subversive Transformation and Appendix to Patriarchal Structures
• Women in International Relations: What Impact on the Discipline?--Marysia Zalewski
• Impact of the Global Women's Movement on International Relations: Has it Happened? What Has Happened?--Nighat Said Khan
• Accommodation or Transformation? Women's Movements and International Relations: Remarks to the Contributions by Marysia Zalewski and Nighat Said Khan--Christa Wichterich
• Part II: Developing the Mainstream or Mainstreaming Women into Development?
• Mainstreaming Gender: a Critical Revision--Claudia v. Braunmühl
• Reclaiming the Empowerment Discourse: A Challenge to Feminists--Carolyn Medel-Anoñuevo
• Women's Interest in Social Policy: Rhetorics and Realities of Social Investment Funds--Renate Rott
• Part III: Instrumental Silence? Women and Gender in Conflict Management Theory and Practice
• Engendering the Field of Conflict Management? Why Gender Does Not Matter! Thoughts from a Theoretical Perspective--Cordula Reimann
• Making a Difference? The Inclusion of Gender into Institutional Conflict Management Policies--Donna Pankhurst
• War in Empty Rooms and the Sudanese Women's Union--Fatima Ahmed Ibrahim
• Part IV: Women's Human Rights: New Spaces for Women's Activism?
• Global Women's Politics: Towards the "Globalizing" of Women's Human Rights?--Uta Ruppert
• Economic and Social Rights of Women: A Western African Perspective--Akua Kuenyehia
• Women's Movements and the International Women's Human Rights Discourse in Africa and Latin America--Marianne Braig & Sonja Wölte
• Part V: Feminist Intrusions into the Discipline of International Relations ? Perspectives from the Mainstream
• Difference and Dialogue in Development--Lothar Brock
• Feminism and Mainstream International Relations Theory--Harald Müller
• Feminism, Human Rights, and International Relations--Gert Krell