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This collection interrogates the multifaceted ways in which global transformations are constituted by deeply gendered socio-economic practices at the level of the ‘everyday’. It brings feminist insights to bear on the emerging International Political Economy (IPE) debates about ‘the everyday’, showing how gender is key to understanding how political economy is enacted and performed at the local level, by non-elites, and via various cultural practices. Drawing on ‘everyday’ IPE and a longer-standing body of feminist scholarship that documents and theorizes the mutually constitutive nature of, on the one hand, global markets, and on the other, households, families, relations of social reproduction and gendered socio-economic practices, this collection charts the lived realities of people and communities across a wide range of sites and spaces of the global political economy. It considers how globalizing capitalism affects and is in turn affected by Argentine sex workers, Nepalese private security contractors, Canadian call centre workers, Southeast Asian domestic workers, workers and players in British bingo halls, working class households in the UK, and much more. It demonstrates, through detailed empirical research, that a gender lens is crucial for understanding how, and on what terms, individuals and households are becoming ever more enmeshed in capitalist social relations, and how they actively and creatively resist these processes. The chapters originally published as a special issue in Globalizations.
About the Author
Juanita Elias is Reader in International Political Economy at Warwick University, UK. Her research and teaching interests concern the political economy of Southeast Asia, migration, the gendered political economy of the household and feminist approaches to International Political Economy more broadly. Recent work has appeared in Globalizations, Asian Studies Review, Politics and Gender and International Political Sociology. She is co-editor with Lena Rethel of The everyday political economy of Southeast Asia (2016) and co-editor with Samanthi J. Gunawardana of The global political economy of the household in Asia (2013).
Adrienne Roberts is Senior Lecturer in International Politics at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests are in the areas of international political economy, feminist political economy, gender and finance, debt and debt-driven development, and the criminalization of poverty. She is author of Gendered States of Punishment and Welfare (Routledge, 2017) and co-editor of The Handbook of International Political Economy of Gender (forthcoming 2017). Recent work has also been published in journals that include Research in Political Economy, Globalizations, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, and International Feminist Journal of Politics.
Table of Contents
1. Feminist Global Political Economies of the Everyday: From Bananas to Bingo
Juanita Elias and Adrienne Roberts
2. Bingo Regulation and the Feminist Political Economy of Everyday Gambling: In Search of the Anti-Heroic
3. Everyday Matters in Global Private Security Supply Chains: A Feminist Global Political Economy Perspective on Gurkhas in Private Security
Amanda Chisholm and Saskia Stachowitsch
4. Producing Migrant Domestic Work: Exploring the Everyday Political Economy of Malaysia’s ‘Maid Shortage’
Juanita Elias and Jonathon Louth
5. What’s on the Line?: Exploring the Significance of Gendered Everyday Resistance Within the Transnational Call Center Workplace
Stephanie M. Redden
6. ‘To Finish, We Must Finish’: Everyday Practices of Depletion in Sri Lankan Export-Processing Zones
Samanthi J. Gunawardana
7. Uneven Divestment of the State: Social Reproduction and Sex Work in Neo-developmentalist Argentina
8. A Feminist Moral-Political Economy of Uneven Reform in Austerity Britain: Fostering Financial and Parental Literacy
Johnna Montgomerie and Daniela Tepe-Belfrage
Forum: ‘Everyday’ Feminist Alternatives and Activism
9. Introduction to Discussion Forum: ‘Everyday’ Feminist Alternatives and Activism
10. Building Alternative Feminist Economic Futures: WHEELS
Melissa S. Fisher
11. Faslane Peace Camp and the Political Economy of the Everyday
12. Feminist Challenges to Austerity
13. Plan F: Feminist Plan for a Caring and Sustainable Economy
14. Cracks in the Corporatisation of Feminism
15. Austerity Policies and the Feminist Movement in Spain